3. Healing Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

Fire-Brown discusses how she turned a childhood of abuse and tragedy into triumph and advocacy. She shares how healing oneself can help start a movement of healing others.

Originally from Newark, New Jersey, Fire-Brown is an adult survivor of child abuse who has made her home in Metro-Atlanta for the past 20 years. There, she is the Founding Facilitator of ASCA-Atlanta, a weekly self-help support group for adult survivors of childhood abuse.

Several years ago, Fire-Brown found herself triggered by memories, flashbacks, and nightmares of her childhood sexual molestation. After struggling with the PTSD and traumatic impact of the abuse, she sought therapy and began to blog about her experience and healing journey. Through a Google search, she found ASCA and began working the 21 Steps to recovery. She journaled about the process and wound up with a book titled “Journal of a Suicide Failed,” which includes several paintings she did along the journey.

At the age of 49 she put herself through school to become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. She is now a Registered Echo Tech and very proud of her accomplishments.

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