Breaking the Chain: The effect abuse had on my family and I

My name is Linda and my stories of abuse are no worse or no better than every story that crosses your desk each day.  I went from child abuse to spouse abuse to self-abuse.

During that time I had two sons, I divorced their father and, knowing that the chain of abuse would continue through me, I made the very very difficult decision of breaking the chain and gave custody to their father. It was emotionally an incredibly difficult choice, but I did it to save their lives. That was in the 70s a time when you did not give your children away. This made me an outcast to anyone who knew what I had done.

Today, that chain has officially been broken. I have 2 wonderful sons who understand why I did what I did, and when I lay my head down at night, I know my granddaughter has never been in safer hands.

I have been able to overcome my past and I walked into a wonderful, successful life.

I have a beautiful home and a fabulous life, and I am not working at the moment, I am totally available to give my time to helping children who have walked the same road as I did. My door is open, my time is yours, and my heart is open to any child that needs it. I would love to be able to help a child see that with enough love and love of self, there is nothing they can not do.

I am living, breathing proof. It is time to give back to those in need.