Tonight's special guest is Teresa Joyce from the UK, a returning NAASCA family member, author of "There's a Fine Line" which she says is a true story that ranges over a period of many years. Teresa writes the book, "covers the first married years of my mother’s life, and the abuse she received from my now deceased father. The hardship she found within her life in so many ways, no one should have ever had to go through, but sadly it just seemed to follow her around. Some years later she remarried, but unfortunately this union would tear her once more into tiny pieces." Teresa explains she would spend many years hating not only herself, but everything around her. She swore to herself that she would leave all this behind at the first possible occasion. "The impact of sexual abuse varies from child to child for many the damage is enormous," she says, "with the impact still being felt into adulthood affecting all aspects of their life." Teresa continues, "Working through the memories of childhood abuse is painstaking work it will never happen overnight. But if we are ever going to be tested in our lives then this is one of the biggest test of all." Ms Joyce explains, "Traumatizing memories are not always remembered all at once on a conscious level. In truth it’s your mind that is protecting you from confronting all those painful memories all at once. You will remember more when you are ready and able. With remembrance and time you find that you are working towards and able to see that positive outcome that can be yours. This is the right way – the one where you say to all that you alone stopped abuse in its tracks. Once you reach that feeling of completion you will understand fully – that yes it is indeed your life."
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