Tonight's returning special guest is Megan Erin Galloway from Lincoln City, Oregon, [listen to her first interview on SCAN episode 1813 here]. She is a survivor of long-term incest by her grandfather, physical abuse by her father, and emotional neglect by her mother. Like many children who cannot physically escape ongoing abuse, Megan coped by using dissociation (a psychology term describing a wide array of experiences from mild detachment from immediate surroundings to more severe detachment from physical and emotional experiences ). While making the distinction that she does not have multiple personality disorder, Megan describes how different personas she creates helped her live through the past trauma and deal with day-to-day life as an adult survivor. She is the author of the book "Pieces: Help for Your Life Journey," an autobiography detailing 63 years of suffering with symptoms including lack of identity, feeling that God was punishing her, depression, and anxiety followed by a 7 year journey of self-discovery by picking up the broken pieces and finding healing, self-acceptance, and even joy. Her book offers help and hope for others who can identify with, or remember, similar types of experiences in their lives and are looking for a way out of the darkness and fear. Tonight Megan will also highlight her Breathing the Joy of Life Workshop that she says aims to "provide some helpful tools for survivors to develop their own self-respect, self-worth, and self-love; how to gradually bring themselves out of repetitive patterns of gray days and the feeling of not deserving to be happy." Call in to engage Megan and support her in what is sure to be a great discussion.
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