Tonight's special guest is Judy Baldaccini from Pennsylvania, a returning NAASCA family member who's survivor of abuse and author of a book called "Not One of Them" A Story of Adoption, Alcoholism & Abuse. She and her brother, both adopted, were both severely abused by a drunken, enraged father and a mother who hated them. Judy writes, "My case of child abuse was so severe I required over 10 surgeries to repair childhood damage." Her brother, Jim, wasn't as lucky. He suffered permanent brain damage. She explains, "I often jumped in front of Father to try and stop him. My brother has been confined to a mental facility in NJ since age 17" As bad as the physical abuse was for Judy, the psychological and emotional abuse, which continued for several decades, was even worse. From childhood her parents taught her to believe she needed to "pay them back" for having adopted her. But Judy's story is not just about abuse and hatred. Its also about her immense willpower and strength to not let her childhood define her. Its about the miraculous recovery she made to take back her own life and acquire true freedom. As a returning NAASCA family member, Judy joins us tonight to share the strides she's made and the success she's experienced since she was last with us over a year and a half ago.
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