Shahida Arabi – an amazing best selling author, invited me to write articles for her new book about healing from narcissistic abuse. I felt shocked, honoured and blessed. Since I first connected with Shahida, we have become support and friends and we encourage each other, in this often challenging journey, of helping others.
Shahida, has kindly sent me the pre-release review copy of this book. I’ve only just started reading it, and have read her dedication to me.
I am feeling very emotional. I sometimes still think ‘is this really me’. My life feels surreal, often.
After decades of being abused, scorned, lied about, told I am worthless, not good enough for anything except being used and abused…… the last few years, have been surreal.
All the support from many mental health professionals, my own counsellor, many survivors of complex trauma and this belief and support in me, from Shahida, feels unreal sometimes.
But, it is real. This is the my life now. Gone are the days of being put down, being treated like a doormat, being used.
I still remember the Bible verse my first counsellor told me4 years ago….
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” Matthew 7:6
Now, I stay away from ‘dogs’ and I am continually seeking healthy, genuine, kind people.
I am still getting my head around it all.
But, I am SO deeply thankful for all the support and confidence, people have in me. And so very thankful, to connect with such genuine, empathic and compassionate people.
And this includes Shahida. I am so excited for her book to be released! I know it will help many and she is making a real difference in this world and I am so thankful for her!
~ Lilly Hope Lucario
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