Just as the negative effects of our abuse gradually took hold of our lives the process by which they are removed is gradual as well. Remember, most us are pushing back on years or even decades of momentum behind the abuse. Because of this fact you will rarely feel like you are making progress until one day a few years down the road you'll take the time to really think about it and realize the shame, guilt, and fear have subsided even if they have not disappeared altogether.
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"Life is like this dark tunnel. You may not always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you keep moving, you will come to a better place." ~ General Iroh