I don’t know Anita Washington personally, but after reading “Family Is Not Everything,” I know she is one courageous woman. No one should have to endure the type of childhood she had, and my heart broke for her as I read about her experiences. Somehow she survived and instinctively knew even as a very young girl that this was not the way things should be. She eventually learned techniques to deal with the trauma she experienced, and developed the strength to cut out a family that was bringing her down rather than helping her fly. Now she’s given humanity the gift of a blueprint of a book so others who are also trying to find the strength to say “no more” to such dysfunction have a guidebook to help them find their own way out. I applaud her for her courage to address a difficult subject and tell her own story publicly. I know that readers who are dealing with similar problems will find this to be a helpful handbook to discover ways to get rid of their emotional baggage once and for all and find their own way to a more peaceful and successful life. It won’t be easy, but Anita’s book gives them helpful techniques and most importantly, hope.