Sunshine Day – A Note from the Author

sunToday, I am launching my book, ‘I Am Sunshine – One Woman’s Journey to Heal from Childhood Sexual Abuse.’ I started writing this book over six years ago. Looking at this span of time, I am amazed and proud that I actually completed this book. I’ve never been one to finish things I have started, so this is a big accomplishment for me. But since the beginning, I have been driven by one main objective: to help other survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This underlying desire drove me forward each time I wanted to abandon this book. And, believe me, that thought crossed my mind a lot. Then I learned it doesn’t matter whether or not you have a degree in English or journalism to become an author. If a story is relatable, people will be interested in it. And, sadly, this story is far too relatable to so many people.

My story is about recovery. It is about identifying learned behaviors that once helped me to survive the trauma from the abuse, but, no longer serve a good purpose in my life. I’m sharing my story because I want other survivors to know that it is possible to move through something so traumatic.

Recovery is a personal decision, and a very difficult one at that. Everyone’s walk is different, and the outcome can be scary and unknown. In fact, many times I regretted my decision because I just didn’t want to deal with it or face any of the emotions that were triggered by it. Looking back on who I was compared to who I am now, however, I can honestly say I feel more whole.

My journey is far from over, but as Joyce Meyer says, “I’m not where I want to be, but I’m not where I used to be.” If you’re a survivor, I hope this book in some way will help you take your first step on your road to recovery so that you can find a life filled with light, passion and peace.

Trish Egan