When I was in San Francisco I was so ashamed of all the marks on me (from beatings and so on), and when some people got me safe and I was in a new place, I looked in the mirror and didn't recognize the 20 yo gazing back at me. When I left to return to Pennsylvania one of my biggest concerns was whether these marks would show. My face healed pretty fast, but the bruises and whatever on my back and legs took a lot longer. I thought I was marked forever and I hated that idea.
But you know what? Now no one can see a thing and all the marks have faded. I know they were inflicted on me at one time in the past, but that fact can't harm me now.
I think that with time yours will fade as well. Emotional marks are way more difficult to heal, but with time even they give way and fade. Not in the memory, but in their power to harm.
Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me. (Woody Guthrie)