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I Am a Survivor

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    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 22-25, M Jan 26

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    I was a child slave from six to ten then was

    abused from ten to twelve and last year they attempted to make me a slave again but God was with me the entire time and rescued me when I was a child, then warned me of their plans so I am free today because of my almighty God. Thank you God. I love you and I owe you everything...
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 2, 2014

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    I have a soul of emotional abuse survivor.

    I dont know why they all hurt my soul, my spirit and my mind. Thruh the years first it was my mother, then classmates disliked me, i heard stupid comments from them, then i move to another country and here i get silent treatment from classmates, girls, co-workers and another...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35 Dec 17, 2014

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    Ummm... I have been raped several times

    since I was 8 tell now. I am trying really hard to keep it from happening again but I am not too optimistic of that. I have to go to the health department on Oct. 23 and am really scared. I am getting birth control. Anyone who has heard my stories I lost my baby since that time...
    angel121014 angel121014 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 2, 2014

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    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

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    It's been almost 4 years

    since I got out of a 5 year abusive relationship. To this date I am still unable to heal completely. To this date, I haven't been able to speak up about my past with anyone. It's hurtful, it brings tears to my eyes. I still don't understand how that happened to me...
    prettymaria prettymaria 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 3, 2014

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    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 1 Response Jan 4

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    As a Survivor of Abuse, Please Don't

    As 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. ...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Aug 22, 2008

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    i survived another day

    who knows what will happen tomorrow
    calimaro calimaro 18-21, M Aug 28, 2014

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    Rise!

    “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 4 Responses Jul 26, 2012

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    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...
    BeautifulAbigail BeautifulAbigail 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 16, 2014

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    i have been though hell

    and back and back to hell and back again lol. i came to e p after i had a ptsd meltdown and was in a very dark place mentally. thanks to this site for genuine kindness from strangers to help cope with life. also i made a new very kind and smart friend if you are reading this you...
    williethebeagle williethebeagle 31-35, M Sep 10, 2014

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    Really, Really, Really

    They say it can't be done. That I don't have what it takes to make it in a perdominatly male sport. REALLY? True, I don't have balls like a man but I do have something that a lot of men don't have. Determination and grit to prove them wrong. If any of you have followed me here...
    HELLSBABY HELLSBABY 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 13, 2013

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    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 6 Responses Apr 3

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    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 1 Response Sep 16, 2014

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    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 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 15, 2014

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    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

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    I survived October. Hello November,

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

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    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

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    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 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 16, 2014

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    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

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    Nothing will ever stop me from going

    after my dreams. Life is too short to think "I should've" or "I could've". I truly do think that the sky's the limit, and will always try 99x and fail, just so that on that 100th time, I may succeed.
    Islndgirl Islndgirl 36-40, F Jun 28, 2014

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    I Am Lucky

    Many times I here people say how they were the victims of physical/domestic/sexual abuse.  They are not victims, the victims died.  We are the survivors. On average, two women are killed every week by a current or former male partner. (www.homeoffice.gov.uk/crime...
    phoenixdestiny phoenixdestiny 26-30, F 4 Responses Jan 22, 2008

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    Well, I usually don't share much of my sob

    stories because I am beyond them. They do however define who I am today, because they have shaped who I am, and I am proud and happy all of it has happened to me. I have Alport's Sindrome, which produced a 65% hearing-loss since age of 5, and kidney failure at age 22. I was...
    Atelierdearte Atelierdearte 36-40, M Jul 8, 2014

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    This has been my response to everything

    that I have gone through in life. To those who know my whole story, you know what I'm talking about. The difference between me and someone else who has walked down the road I have from my childhood through things I have gone through as an adult... The difference is 2 things. I...
    zooloothe1st zooloothe1st 26-30, F Nov 9, 2014

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    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 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 10, 2014

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    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 18-21 2 Responses Jan 27, 2014

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    All My Life

    Ive been a suvivor as long as i can remember. Ive been sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused since as early as the age of 5. I found my own mother dead. I spent 4 years in Child Protective Services. I even used to be a suicidal cutter. But through all the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 16, 2013

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    I have been raped several times,

    molested twice one by my father and once by an uncle, came close to death with my youngest daughters father 7 years ago almost chocked to death from his abuse and was almost smashed between two cars with my ex husband two years ago.
    babygirlransom babygirlransom 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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    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

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    No One Can Take That From Me

    I'm free now like I never thought I would be. I can breathe for the first time in a long time without fear. No more being held down by those who wish me nothing but misery and pain. No more living with a monster. You say I deserve this? Well no one deserves to be treated like...
    RuffledRainbows RuffledRainbows 18-21, F Nov 10, 2013

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    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 5 Responses Oct 9, 2013

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    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 8 Responses Jul 22, 2013

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    Moving Forward

    I am almost there- I can feel it. I can feel it in my heart. There are whispers of impending success, and although I am daunted by the enormity of the tasks in front of me, I am excited to try. I still hear the whispers of doubt you placed in my mind- how your eroded my self...
    DinahMoeHumm DinahMoeHumm 41-45, F Oct 14, 2012

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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

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    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 45 Responses Apr 19, 2011

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    I was abandoned and neglected.

    I was physically, emotionally and sexually abused throughout my whole childhood from ages 0-17. I was in Foster care and lived in 5 different house holds before the age 18. I was raped the first time at 12 by a foster cousin and that continued for 3 years. I was raped soon after...
    katcard katcard 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 28, 2014

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    It took me a while to admit it,

    to truly see that what I've been through has made me stronger. To realize why I hated it to so much when people gave me the pitiful gaze when I told them my mother passed away when I was 12, among with the other things that I told some of the people that are close to me, but...
    iamadreamergirl iamadreamergirl 18-21, F Jun 17, 2014

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    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 51-55, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    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 7 Responses Mar 25, 2012

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    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

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    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...
    Nottheaveragegirl Nottheaveragegirl 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 17, 2014

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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 13, 2014

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    Its officially been 7 months

    since I last tried to kill myself. I think that's the longest I've gone since I was 21 so I'd say it's a good sign that something must be getting better in my own life or inside of myself. I'm not a weak person I just have a lot of hurt, and sometimes it can overwhelm me. I've...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Nov 14, 2014

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    2 years ago I was in a horrific motor bike

    accident. With my best friend and her step brother. I only remember what I was told about it. But we hit one an another. Leaving is all on the side of the road until somebody found us. All I remember is waking up in a hospital bed 2 and a half weeks later. And being told my best...
    sbj1234 sbj1234 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 2, 2014

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    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...
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