01/29/2013 07:51 am ET

'Hoarders': Son Is Brutally Honest About How His Mother's Hoarding Affected Him (VIDEO)

Diana had lived through a lifetime of violence, abused by her father and then later by her husband. This is what she said led to her problem on "Hoarders." A different story came out, though, when her son, Andrew, arrived to help with the cleanup. He revealed that this had been going on during his childhood as well; a fact that Diana said she simply didn't remember.

The violence and hoarding affected them all. At one point, Diana's husband had held them all at gunpoint, threatening to kill them. Even after she finally divorced him -- he later died -- Diana was haunted by the violence of her past. And so, she simply allowed her house to fill with filth and garbage.

Things got so bad that her daughter spent the last few years of high school sleeping on a recliner amidst the garbage and animal droppings.

Finally being honest with themselves and their mother, Diana's son gave her some harsh truths. "You failed us, and what you’ve done will always affect us,"he said. "I’m never going to be normal because of what happened here. In some ways, I’ll never be able to forgive you."

While she remained somewhat emotionless throughout, Andrew's words nevertheless appeared to have gotten through. Diana found new motivation for the cleanup process. The team was able to get the house cleaned and made into something that she could live in and start reconnecting with her family.

The struggle continues every week for a new pair of "Hoarders," every Monday at 9 p.m. EST on A&E.

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