When I attended the American Film Institute, it was due to my love of stories and storytelling. Stories were how I comforted myself in the madness and terror of my house when I was born. I endured trauma and panic from the moment I took my first breath. As a child, my family rejected me. I learned to fend for myself, sometimes with near catastrophic results. And yet, I am now a thriving successful adult. This book is the story of making peace with the people who as my family, should have protected me, but didn’t. Through understanding and healing, I built an amazing, extraordinary life. In telling my story, I want to inspire others that they can overcome anything.