Rena Romano Jumps Cruise Ship to Appear on Oprah and Speak Out Against Child Abuse

Fort Myers FL: Local resident Rena Romano was on a cruise in Canada with her husband and his family, celebrating his parents' 60th wedding anniversary. The call came in confirming her appearance on Oprah, and after 24 hours of shuttles to shore, driving and flying, she taped the Oprah segment that aired October 15.

The subject of the Oprah show was a follow-up to the Mackenzie Phillips story, disclosing the years of incest with her father, John Phillips (formerly with the band Mamas and The Papas). Rena Romano saw the original show, and immediately related. As she tells Oprah, "She, Mackenzie, was telling my story. I wasn't the only one."

Rena's story is 20 years of incest and abuse by her brother, starting at age four and continuing through her early twenties. Rena was accompanied to the show by her brothers, sister and niece, all of whom were in the studio audience.

Rena tells her story on Oprah on October 15th, along with "The Kiss" author Kathryn Harrison. Rena is working on her book, and will walk in the Rainbird Foundation's "1000 Mile Journey" fund-raiser in April as it is her life's mission is to end child abuse.

About Rena Romano

Rena Romano thrived for eighteen-plus-years in a very successful sales and marketing career within the construction industry. Like so many other dedicated Americans she was affected by the economic downturn of modern times and in 2006 she was permanently laid off. She met the challenge head on by beginning a new career as an autobiographical author and, most recently, a Motivational/ Inspirational speaker.

Rena became a member of Toastmasters International in May of 2007 as a way to help perfect her speaking skills and leadership abilities. These skills and abilities have since instilled in her the confidence to publicly share her story of child abuse to inspire others to take negative challenges in life and turn them into positive opportunities for a brighter future.

As a Toastmaster she has held the office of President, Sergeant At Arms and currently holds the office of Vice President of Education for Club 1702 Fort Myers. She has achieved both the Competent Communicator and the Competent Leader award. Rena has entered many speaking contests in Toastmasters using an arsenal of bitter experiences throughout her life turning the lemons into lemonade, which helped her win first place on more than one occasion for humor, inspiration, and evaluator contests at the club level.

Having graduated from the "School of Hard Knocks" as a child with refresher courses throughout her adulthood, Rena is currently writing her memoir and is currently searching out a potential publisher.


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