Tonight's special guest is Becky Norwood from Goodyear, Arizona, a victim of childhood sexual, emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her father from very early childhood. It was to last for many years. After a life of hard knocks and experience, she has come to thrive in her own right. Becky will be the first to say that healing and self love does not happen overnight. She's overcome depression and low self confidence. Loving herself and forgiving herself for the role she played has been critical. Forgiveness is something you do for yourself. Understanding that, "We do not owe our past a place in our future,” Becky makes conscious decisions daily as to how her life will be each day. Now Becky feels we live on this earth to share our own experience, perhaps sparing someone else who has gone through the same and need their own light to shine. Her book, "The Woman I Love: Surviving, Healing and Thriving After a Childhood of Sexual, Emotional and Physical Abuse" is a testament to this belief. Statistics reveal one in three girls and one in five boys are victims of incest and abuse, she notes, therefore healing steps must take place regardless of our gender. The damage causes lifelong issues than can color ones world miserable for an entire life, unless steps towards healing are diligently followed. Becky feels that, "Each human alive is a constantly unfolding story, a hero in a novel that no one else can write.” Currently Becky works with other women to help them discover the healing power of story and teaches them how craft their stories to share with the world or simply write for healing purposes. As with herself she has had the pleasure of watching others find peace through the telling of their stories.
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