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Healing, Mental Health, Writing

More than we think we are

As in most stories, the truth is stranger than fiction.

I write because it’s what I do, but more than that, because I need to make some meaning of what seems to me a wasted life.

And I share my story because it’s only just beginning — and facing the past and moving forward are things we should never have to do alone.

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Healing, Mental Health

When tears are your language

“Tears are words the heart can’t say.”

I held most of my tears inside until I was 22. Before that, I’d numbed myself to cope with the trauma. I didn’t cry, but I didn’t smile much either.

In just the last few years, I’ve started crying pretty much every day for a million different reasons — sometimes a single tear; sometimes a total breakdown; at home, and in public.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Mental Health

Wherever I go…

During the four months I spent in bed, my parents — for the first time in a lifetime of pain — finally realized that I really was sick, and stepped up to help me. They showed up every few days to wash dishes, clean the cat litter and bring me food. And writhing in pain, I was thankful.

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