Mickie shares an anonymous story she found on line, a fabulous description of the emotions created by living in abuse, finally accepting the reality of the situation and the danger, emotion, and freedom of escaping.  “Your real friends will listen to you endlessly complain, agonize and cry. They’ll watch in dismay as you smooth it over.  If you’re extremely lucky, one of them might say “You sound like a battered wife”.  “Do I?!!”, you ask out loud.  And the reality of the statement blasts you out of your paralysis.