I went through a traumatic event about a decade ago and blocked out large sections of my memory from that time in my life. For years I couldn't remember a thing and frankly didn't want to remember anything.
A few years back I decided that I needed to seek out some counseling and I was able to find a wonderful therapist that has been able to help me find a lot of comfort and closure, the kinds of feelings that seemed to elude me for years. After we had developed a trusting relationship we began to explore the events surrounding my traumatic experience. My doctor tried several different memory recall therapies on me and slowly my memories of that time in my life started to return.
I didn't happen quickly or in one big burst, but a lot of things I had forgotten, or suppressed started to come back. It was a difficult experience but my therapist was a fantastic guide and I am now living the kind of life that I thought was lost to me forever.