Healing child abuse is a journey. For adult survivors, it’s wrought with flash backs and tears of anguish. It’s an undertaking of self-reflection and restoration. Let’s walk together.
Hi. My name is Linda. I’m a fifty-three year old child abuse, child sexual abuse and domestic violence survivor. And a mother and professional caregiver of twenty-plus years. I live in the heart of the Schoharie Valley, in Upstate New York.
I remember when the past came rushing back like a violent tidal wave. I wasn’t expecting the painful memories to resurface. I’d bottled them up and tucked them away in a dark corner. It happened after an encounter with an estranged husband on a dating website.
By evening, I huddled on the living room floor of a new apartment and began wailing tears of grief, pain, and loss. I sobbed until my heart felt empty.
The emotional wall shattered into a million pieces. I could feel the anguish of child abuse, child sexual abuse, and domestic violence. And was grieving the loss of two children.
Healing Child Abuse
Afterward, I began writing thoughts and expressing feelings on a blog. In time, I started to understand how dysfunctional our family was growing up. And to realize the effects of child abuse, neglect and child sexual abuse.
My upbringing created a dysfunctional mindset about relationships, family, sexual behavior, and love. And became so embedded in patterns of thinking and ways of being and acting, it didn’t seem abnormal.
The journey to healing an adult survivor of child abuse began.
I still love the tag line: “Heal in Mind, Grow in Spirit and Live Authentically in Christ.” It expresses the steps you need to take along your journey to healing. And I’ve learned the best way to achieve your goal is to walk by faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ.
I’m not an influencer and don’t pretend to have everything together. I’m still a work in progress. I write to share personal stories and life lessons learned. To bring awareness and be a voice for the voiceless.
So grab yourself a writing journal and let’s walk together. You can continue reading about my story or start with a new blog post below.