If you can tell your story, then you will heal yourself, and you’ll help other people do the same.

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Andrea Buchanan is an award-winning filmmaker and bestselling author. She has produced and directed documentaries all over the world for various television networks. In 2006, in conjunction with Glamour Reel Moments, she wrote and co-directed (with Jennifer Aniston) the film festival favorite Room 10, starring Robin Wright-Penn and Kris Kristofferson. Currently a writer/director in television and film as well as an activist, she is the author of Note to Self: 30 Women on Hardship, Humiliation, Heartbreak and Overcoming It All and is working on a sequel. She is a founding board member of the Joyful Heart Foundation. She resides in Los Angeles with her amazing husband, Jason, and two super-duper dogs. (

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Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, introduced me to Andrea when he invited me to her book signing in downtown New York in spring 2009. She is gregarious and easy-going and happens to be another fellow Texan I just randomly met along the way. Several months later, on an abnormally hot Los Angeles day, I went to her charming Craftsman-style home and heard her story.