Tonight's special guest is Lenora Thompson from Minnesota, a child abuse survivor and freelance writer whose areas of expertise are narcissistic abuse, mind control techniques (and how they relate to Satanic Ritual Abuse), co-dependence, Stockholm Syndrome and all their offshoots...projection, covert incest and infantilization. The "official story" of her upbringing is that she came from a wonderful, close, loving, caring, born-again Christian family who never abused her and made all their choices for her well-being and safety. Her parents were extremely protective and strict. "These boundaries never changed, no matter how old I got, Lenora says. "They also found reasons for insisting I terminate all of my romantic relationships." She and her husband moved 300 miles away and in 2013 something went "click" when he observed, "You're showing symptoms of abuse, brainwashing and acting like you're from a cult." She'd lost her self-esteem, which her parents "owned," and had become semi-paralyzed by feeling so horrible about herself, which triggered OCD. "That was two years ago," she says, "and I've been obsessed with studying the topics listed on my website ever since. Although recovery is lifelong, I am feeling calmer than ever before." Freelance writing is more than a career for Lenora. It's an obsession. A passion. "Finally!" she writes, "a career I love and can do from my little cottage with the morning glories around the front door, the sun dappling through the lace curtains, a glass of sun tea at my elbow and a sleepy bichon frise at my feet." She's interested in writing for NAASCA, and we'd be delighted to have her!