Childhood is a time of innocence, discovery, making friends, learning and enjoying simple, uncomplicated days filled with laughter and fun. But what happens when those idyllic days are erased in an instant? When the innocence of childhood is destroyed through sexual abuse? What then?
Life in the Shadows is the true story of one such little girl who lived with crippling feelings of shame and an overwhelming need for secrecy, a lifelong struggle with severe post-traumatic stress disorder, years of seeking relief and escape through alcohol, chronic sleep deprivation and almost absolute isolation.
Nancy Legere openly shares how she managed to climb up out of the seemingly never ending darkness that enveloped her life after she was raped at the tender age of seven, and the years that ensued with her falling deeper and deeper into the abyss of anger and fear caused by feelings of self-loathing. Feelings of being unworthy of love and incapable of showing any emotion caused Nancy’s life to spiral out of control to the point of contemplating suicide to end her struggles with life as she knew it.
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Abused as a little girl, Nancy Legere kept her ‘secret’ to herself for decades out of fear and shame. Thankfully, after many years of therapy, self-reflection, and healing, Nancy developed a healthy lifestyle and found lasting love which helped her triumph over the stigma she felt for so many years.
Nancy now shares her story of perseverance, love, strength and courage and proves that there is hope for a full and productive life even after trauma.