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Tonight's special guest is René Michele from Parrearra, Queensland, Australia, a life coach for women and an author ('Battle Scars Are Beautiful: From Victim To Victory'), who serves as NAASCA's Ambassador to Queensland Australia. René realized her life, and her family's life, would be very different had she not broken free of the crippling grip of addiction. For 26 years, starting at 10, René endured and overcame sexual, emotional and physical abuse, often in her own home and bed. She developed a drug and alcohol addiction, entered many violent relationships, experienced bankruptcy at 22, had two failed marriages and multiple attempts to take her own life. “My life, as the result of the abuse I suffered, left me carrying deep and insatiable shame and caused my life to spiral out of control,” she said. But she rebuilt herself, and out from the ashes arose a woman of purpose and determination to rise above the events that nearly killed her. René relates, “The remarkable turnaround for me was the birth of my first child, when I vowed to my new baby girl that her life would never mirror mine.” Currently an online transformation and empowerment coach, René is in discussions with socially responsible partners to roll out support evenings for women on the Sunshine Coast, called Sacred Conversations. “To empower, support and encourage other survivors and high-performing, alpha females, entrepreneurs and businesswomen in healing from childhood abuse and trauma,” she said. René is the founder and director of Renemichele.com and is a coach, keynote speaker, mentor, and mother.