I Am a Survivor

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    Please Don't Tell Me That

    A s a survivor of abuse, please don't tell me "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger".. I fight depression and reliving memories that choose when they want to surface. That is not what I need or want to hear. I appreciate wanting to help me. That tells me your very...
    WarriorMom WarriorMom
    51-55, F
    27 Responses Sep 11, 2008

    I got so sick and tired of the constant

    fighting, screaming, crying in my home. In fact, i couldn't even call it a home, but a hell. I was so hurt of the yells past back and forth, I just went either to my room, or the bathroom to cut myself. Once, i cut myself directly in my vein, and my wrist was bleeding nonstop. I...
    victoria368 victoria368
    2 Responses Jan 27, 2014

    My dad has abused me

    for as long as I can remember. My mom has always been by my side to help me though, which I think is the reason why I'm still alive. I've been through some hard times. Of course the abuse has damaged me a lot. Also being very premature having been to the hospital many times as...
    rabbitheart rabbitheart
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Dec 30, 2013

    My body is the most revolting thing I own.

    I know this. I have bruised it too many times to think of it as beautiful. Good riddance. Beautiful cannot contain what this body represents. Thats I am still here. In this body. After countless times of trying to leave it. -Lora Mathis* berlin-artparasites *NEVER HAVE I...
    deleted deleted
    Jan 5, 2016

    I have survived many types of abuse through

    life physical, sexual, mental and emotional.... I believe these things have made me who I am today.. And I am truly stronger for it... I am a survivor and fighter and now it's time to do me!
    mssst mssst
    36-40, F
    Jul 8, 2014

    I have survived so many things in my life,

    some of those things were very hard. I found out my husband was cheating in 2006 and turned to drugs to relieve the pain the feeling so ashamed and stupid for not knowing. Feeling like a fool when everyone knew but me. One girl pretended to be my friend because her best friend...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jan 30, 2015

    I have dealt with bullying in all forms.

    My whole life actually. Cyber, verbal, and even physical. I have been raped. I've self harmed, drank, and starved myself because of how badly people's words hurt me. I even tried to end my own life. I am a year clean from cutting, 6 months clean from drinking, and 2 years clean...
    lgbtprideeee lgbtprideeee
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jun 27, 2015

    I am not a victim. Last April does not define

    me. When I was sobbing begging him to stop telling him this has happened before...... how did he not stop. How did he continue to hurt me....a monster Oh what one year has done to me. I would ask him if it was worth it.. if he ever thinks about me... if he knows the damage he...
    lookingformyself88 lookingformyself88
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 12, 2014

    I've Survived.. So Far.

    Hi guys.. not sure if I should post my story here, or a part of it, or whatever, but I can not walk alone with it any longer.. I can feel it destroying me, slowly tearing me apart. I have been mentally, physically and sexually abused for as long as I can remember by people who...
    Camiracundus Camiracundus
    18-21, F
    10 Responses Jul 22, 2013

    What makes you a survivor?

    How did you surpass all your trials and struggles in life? What makes you tough? Life is a battlefield and we are warriors.... only the ones that face their hardship and learned from their experience can declare their victory.... You can compare a survivor of life to the...
    simplyme6791 simplyme6791
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Nov 24, 2015

    I don't mind being labeled a victim

    because it means there's an upcoming battle for survival of not just body and life but of mind and heart as well; and only the winner of the battle can be a survivor.
    loveismyfriend loveismyfriend
    36-40, F
    May 2, 2015

    I take things life throws at me picks my self

    up dust my self and come right back twice as determined
    CandiceMarieAllcoxx CandiceMarieAllcoxx
    22-25, T
    May 29, 2015

    Perspective Of Mine

    I am a survivor of many things in this life. There are those who survive and then spend the rest of their life complaining about it and all that they have gone through and then those who use it for a positive goal in life and that is to help other people by their experiences...
    Lavender007 Lavender007
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Oct 9, 2013

    4 years ago doctors told me

    that I have leukaemia. Now I feel ok! So,well, I'm a survivor
    valeriacostanzo valeriacostanzo
    18-21, F
    Feb 10, 2016

    I Am Fine

    A Lot of people off late have asked me “How are you?”. A Lot of them have offered help and courage in one way or the other and I am thankful. But, it got me thinking that in order to really answer the question, I should elaborate the situation in a little more graphic...
    rohitmac rohitmac
    31-35, M
    Oct 6, 2013

    Technically if you are reading this right

    now you must be a survivor. You have survived everything life has thrown at you so far, you have a 100% survival rate, congratulations!
    xXShellyBeanXx xXShellyBeanXx
    16-17, F
    Dec 12, 2015

    Today I'm proudly writing to say

    that finally I'm a survivor!!!!! Honestly I have never thought that I would be able to overcome this disorder. But thanks God that I am now a survivor. Let me share with you all my story, but let me tell you, bottom line is, you gotta make effort, have some failures and...
    claire2005 claire2005
    22-25, F
    Sep 24, 2015

    My bestie just called me back.

    . i might going to meet councilor and tell him what police have done to me. When i go to see him,she stay with me.. Thank you for being a real friend and always support me. i'm so tirding now..it has been a long day..i'm ready to go to bed...what a insane world.. night..
    deleted deleted
    Apr 28, 2015

    Trembling.....As I lay there curled in the

    corner, arm covering my face, knees in my chest, as he comes screaming and raging, crashing beer bottles land around me. Trying to make myself so small he won't see me. It is no use he is coming, as I brace myself he grabs me thrown to the walk like a rag doll, he is on top of...
    deleted deleted
    14 Responses May 13, 2015

    If you are reading this message,

    you too are a survivor. If you are not reading it, then you may or may not be dead.
    adianoeta adianoeta
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Sep 10, 2014

    Roll With The Punches

    I was knocked for a loop when I tore up my knee playing basketball. I was playing professionally in Europe when it happened and I was going to the NBA the next season but somehow I knew that wasn't going to happen when I felt my knee give way. Change of plans. I started my own...
    mark247 mark247
    41-45, M
    44 Responses Apr 19, 2011

    I Flip The script, Some Call Me A Survivor

    I hesitated to join this experinece group and then once I joined it the thought of posting a story for it was even more detestable to my sensibilities. However, upon reflection and some brutallly honest processing and searching with in I decided it is what it is. I have lived a...
    libra604 libra604
    26-30, M
    5 Responses Mar 25, 2012

    This year has been rough.

    In May, I was laid off from my job without notice. I spent everyday looking and applying for jobs. I had amazing interviews, but I wasn't hired. I couldn't figure out why I was having such a hard time, I've always worked. Then in the end of July, I had a cerebral stroke, and I...
    DeniseMarie72 DeniseMarie72
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Nov 28, 2015

    In my life of wandering around aimlessly

    and meeting many different kinds of people in society, I find myself being more attached of those whom have suffered and strived on forward. There's something beautiful in the eyes of those whom have experienced tragedy, how tragically beautiful! Or atleast, I think so.
    Hoboetic Hoboetic
    26-30, M
    Jan 26, 2015

    I have been through major storms lately

    physically due to stress. I am HIGHLY sensitive and due to how I was born, I need to find others who can help me deal with how my brain both perceives pain and translates it into physical pain and ailments. It has been this way all my life. No need for pity partying. I have had...
    loveismyfriend loveismyfriend
    36-40, F
    Jun 26, 2015

    Poverty, rape, discrimination,

    bullying, you name it. Whatever life throws at me, I'm ready. Everyone is fighting a battle you don't know about, so be kind.
    takoyakisuki takoyakisuki
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 4, 2015

    I wrote this on someone's page earlier

    because of how mad I got from what they posted. A victim is not just the one who died. Many victims live. Their fight to survive is a daily fight. If they give in and stop fighting to survive the horrors that beat them down, they can be destroyed mentally or physically. There...
    loveismyfriend loveismyfriend
    36-40, F
    May 3, 2015

    If the Purge existed,

    I'd leave the country to another without such an atrocity.
    Spidey0 Spidey0
    31-35, M
    Aug 24, 2015

    Today I feel good. I am not scared anymore.

    You have not killed me, you have made me stronger. I don't hate you anymore, I feel nothing toward you. I think I finally have closure. Although I do hope that what you did eats you up inside and eventually, for once in your life, you do the right thing.
    Lalaleia Lalaleia
    22-25, F
    Jun 14, 2015

    I lost 2 members of my family

    while we r struggling to get out of our burning house , it was horrible .. It hurts that they didn't make it .. It's true we took them out of the house but it was too late n they passed away .. One of them died after suffering from the trauma n the other one died after 6 months...
    farnoush farnoush
    26-30, F
    Sep 16, 2014

    Weathering The Storm

    As a lady who went through being sexually assaulted at the age of 4 through 9, being physically beaten with extention cords, broom or mop handles, their fist or whatever my mom and dad got their hands on, humiliated by my family and their playing favorites between me and my...
    ladyinrage ladyinrage
    46-50, F
    1 Response Oct 12, 2013

    Too many things have gone on in my life to

    recount. Some brought on by my own wrong decisions but I am still here. Losing my cousin a few weeks ago has been almost the breaking point. I cannot get my mind around why her, of all people, too young, gave so much, loved life so much, loved by so, so many is gone from this...
    rowenbumble rowenbumble
    56-60, F
    Dec 11, 2014

    I went through a very long weekend.

    Boy, was I grateful for every good moment I got and I was grateful the bad moments were temporary. I had surgery July 1, 2015 in the morning. I had to be given laughing gas cause the heart monitor machine kept beeping super fast displaying I was under severe stress. I was given...
    loveismyfriend loveismyfriend
    36-40, F
    1 Response Jul 6, 2015

    Parts of my life have been horrible.

    But here I am in my mid forties and life is good. I am glad I survived instead of giving up. That's the message I'd like to give a lot of people. There's better stuff ahead. Have patience. Believe.
    pinkcorsetgirl pinkcorsetgirl
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Sep 15, 2014

    Born with Aspergers syndrome

    and ADHD age 5 came right out told my mom wanted to be a girl 5 years off happiness followed, Age 10 my mom died from breast cancer we had go live with my father. shortly after my father starts abusing me beating me black and blue on a daily bace's he takes me out off school...
    CandiceMarieAllcoxx CandiceMarieAllcoxx
    22-25, T
    3 Responses Nov 29, 2015

    Victim - Perpetrator Dynamics (And Re-Victimization In Abuse Survivors).

    Hi everyone, I hope my story is at the right place here, as I don't want to be insensitive, but thought it would be interesting to share what I've learned as an abuse (sexual and emotional) survivor in my struggle to recover from what happened. For years I've struggled with my...
    Scarcollection Scarcollection
    22-25, F
    9 Responses Jul 21, 2013

    Sometimes I feel people watching them,

    Watching me, Like I'm about to walk out into traffic. I can see they want to ask, but the words get stuck in their throat. They are lost in the uncomprehending idea of why I'd put myself through that pain. Scars that liter my body, And when they stare, I know it's shame I...
    Yourbaaaby Yourbaaaby
    22-25, F
    Jun 26, 2015

    I am 41. Yes, I feel extremely sad,

    and proud. down and up the hill that my great, great, grandfather's house is still on. I pace here remembering hard times, full of strife. I still slow to look. and yet I walk on! push on. I don't really know why. I have every reason to just lie down. I still say to this day...
    CannabisDad CannabisDad
    41-45, M
    Feb 1, 2016

    I survived October. Hello November,

    please be good to me :-)
    kissmissnikki kissmissnikki
    26-30, F
    Nov 1, 2014

    Most people know how Pompeii was destroyed by

    clouds of toxic gas and hot volcanic ash in 79AD, but not as many know it was severely damaged by an earthquake in 62AD caused by the same local volcanic activity. If the people of Pompeii had taken the warning in 62AD and moved away, they would have been saved from the...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Aug 16, 2014

    If you would have asked me 10 years ago,

    I would have told you I don't think I'll make it to 21. I've always been pessimistic about my life. I've been through a lot in these 24 years. I feel like I'm on the road to recovery though. I think I survived through the worst. At least for now.
    groundcraze groundcraze
    26-30, F
    1 Response Dec 16, 2014

    I did not have the best upbringing.

    Learning to survive emotional and physical abuse is not easy and it leaves scars that many will never see or understand. Sometimes I feel like no one knows who I really am; on the rare occasions when I feel transparent and can see people close to me begin to figure me out, I...
    minioreosarebomb minioreosarebomb
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Oct 1, 2015

    As a child growing up I was bullied,

    molested by three different men, laughed at by my siblings and so called friends, ridiculed and made to feel much less then I was worth. I was the one that was invited for the pretty ones to attend. Even though I was thin I was the duff. The designated, ugly fat friend. In my...
    Lee124 Lee124
    41-45, F
    9 Responses Feb 10, 2016


    “Suffering and joy teach us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into the soul and heart of another person. In those transparent moments we know other people’s joys and sorrows, and we care about their concerns as if they were our own...
    HiPpIeRoNiN HiPpIeRoNiN
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Jul 26, 2012

    I have survived growing up being sexually

    molested by my uncle. I survived a marriage where I was a punching bag. I survived painful cancer surgery. I survived working two jobs to raise my children. I am a survivor. and my journey isn't over yet.
    mom4ce mom4ce
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Apr 15, 2015

    Sometimes, I probably come off

    as cold. My personality definitely changes around them. My mother and sister especially. When I’m around them, I’m more closed off. I don’t smile. I’m not animated. I’m more distant, less talkative and more defensive. This is because I don’t feel safe with either one...
    emilyflys26 emilyflys26
    Apr 14, 2016

    To all of us that survived the 1930’s,

    40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s!!! Firstly, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes. Our baby cribs were covered with...
    Risky19634 Risky19634
    51-55, M
    5 Responses Apr 3, 2015

    I once hit rock bottom

    where I was going to end it all. I couldn't take anymore I couldn't cry anymore I couldn't cut anymore I was so tired. No one can possibly understand that pain unless they're in that situation but that was a year ago. I look back and I realize that I never again want to become...
    BeautifullyAmiss BeautifullyAmiss
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Mar 17, 2014

    well. where do I start.

    2011. my friends birthday party. all throughout the party it was fun. the morning came and her mom decided to bring us crispy creme doughnuts. I took one, and had to leave due to my parents picking me up to take me to church. on the way to church and during church I started to...
    Brianneshepherd Brianneshepherd
    2 Responses Aug 13, 2015

    When I was younger, I was traveling with my

    parents to my grandfather's house. It was a normal day and I thought everything was going to be okay. I was just sitting in the backseat, I can't remember what I was doing. It is kinda a blur. But anyway I was distracted by something. Then suddenly I just heard my dad shout...
    IRequireAssistance IRequireAssistance
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 13, 2014
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