Hello Dr. Laura,
I have listened to you for about 15 years. I want to share a positive story, one in which I was finally validated by your book "Bad Childhood, Good Life
". I grew up in a very abusive home by a very abusive mother. She told me a story of how she didn't want me. She didn't name me until I was several days old and didn't hold me until then either. She finally held me, on the word of her brother. She only named me for him. When I was 4 she sent me to live with my great Aunt.
After 4 years, she remarried. Even though she was remarried, I wanted my Aunt adopt me. My father would not allow the adoption. I went back to live with my mom, my new stepfather and siblings. I was treated like Cinderella from then on. I took on every extra-curricular activity I could at school, to be away from home as much as I could.
I want you to know that when I finally read your book, I finally felt validated that what my mother did abuse. I knew what I went thru was not right, but I always felt alone in this.
Thank you for writing this book! It helped me heal. Better late than never. I am a mother of 2 sons and never let my mother near them. I lived 3,000 miles away while raising them so they wouldn't suffer negativity from her. I am glad I did. They are now good fathers and husbands. I am proud of them. I put myself in counseling when my boys were small but your book was the best medicine in the end. I still listen to you each day. Thank you.
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