Tonight's special guest is Talia Fletcher from Clemson, South Carolina, who was abused by both her father and mother. "I am in a better place emotionally than I have ever been in my life," she says now. "I am still conflicted, as my brain tries to keep me in the same abusive programming. It is a daily struggle of being aware of what I am thinking so that I can catch myself when I start falling into that old programming. There are layers and layers of pain that I am working through, and probably will continue to work through for the rest of my life." Some of what she does is writing. "I left business coaching and started to focus on my blog. I wasn’t sure what it morphs into (still not sure, but it is out there), but I have heard from people that it has helped them, and that I have helped them. Finally, I really feel like I am helping people." Recovery is satisfying to Talia. "I am helping by telling my story. I hope it encourages others to tell their stories. There are differences in everyone’s story, but there are commonalities too. We no longer need to stand or feel alone. What happened to you, to me, changed the way our brains developed. The neural pathways that were created during our childhood abuse were designed to protect us. But we don’t have to stay in that survival mode. It is possible to retrain our brains.