In this episode of The Grass Gets Greener podcast, I'm joined by Keith Edmonds of KeithEdmonds.com. Keith joins me to share how his life has been affected by being abused and physically scarred as a baby and how he doesn't let it hold him back.
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Keith's mother's boyfriend held his face to an electric heater, burning and physically scarring him when he was 14 months old. He had also experienced some abuse prior to this as well.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
Keith experienced a lot of anger over what was done to him. It made him act out as a child and get into fights at school. He turned to alcohol and struggled with alcoholism from the ages of 14-35. But it also had positive effects on him, too. He's used his experience to make himself stronger and better for it.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
Keith had a lot of social support and his mom made sure that he was very social as a child so that he could make friends and feel normal. Helping others and public speaking have also been beneficial to his healing. He was also able to stop drinking. And he's been able to use forgiveness to let go of his anger and move on.
What Keith does today:
Keith is a speaker, author and advocate for other child abuse survivors.
Given what you know now, if you could go back to when you were going through the tough times and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Keith's Answer: Stay strong; don't let it affect you emotionally; and it'll all be worth it in the end.
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