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I Am Stronger Because of All I've Been Through

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    I recently decided to get in shape

    and start exercising. I came across a quote at the gym that intrigued me the moment I read it. It says, "What seems so hard now will one day be your warm up." I believe this goes beyond weights / training and is a metaphor for our lives as well. I remember when I first...
    SirLaughalots SirLaughalots 36-40, M 14 Responses Jan 5

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    after 8 years of being with a man I met

    as a sophomore in high school when I was fifteen I'm now 22 and I've been through more than I've ever imagined. he cheated on me for 3 years and I never knew it to make it worse I was 3 months pregnant with our first child and got the phone call from the female who was also...
    kjndlani1213 kjndlani1213 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 9

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    "It is okay to be at a place of struggle.

    Struggle is just another word for growth. Even the most evolved beings find themselves in a place of struggle now and then. In fact, struggle is a sure sign to them that they are expanding; it is their indication of real and important progress. The only one who doesn't...
    DropsofJupiter1 DropsofJupiter1 18-21, F 11 Responses Feb 16

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    Judge me and I?ll prove you wrong.

    Crush me and I will stand up on my own. The more that I hurt the more I will know I?m stronger each time, each time I fall.
    classicalprince classicalprince 16-17, M 1 Response Dec 21, 2014

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    Its official as of 9:20 am on this 5 the day of

    February. I'm divorced. Thanks everybody for all ur support and kind words. I do appreciate each and every one of my Ep friends!!!!
    bellamae11 bellamae11 51-55, F 17 Responses Feb 5, 2014

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    "That's the thing about pain,

    it demands to be felt..." -Gus Waters-Fault in our stars
    Loislane29 Loislane29 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2014

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    My abuse from my father.

    8 years ago was a dark time for me. My dad would often beat me as punishment for doing stupid stuff. One day I did something really bad and stupid. My dad was furious, he lost it over and over again. He beat me senseless, but I had grown somewhat accustomed to pain so it...
    WhiteTheKid WhiteTheKid 16-17, M 16 Responses Nov 21, 2014

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    annaambrose annaambrose 16-17 13 Responses Feb 8

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    I only live with my dad,

    am a only child, and I don't go to school. I've only lived with my dad for about 2 or 3 years but it feels like a lifetime. My mom died when I was 8 or 9 from a car accident but my dad doesn't like to talk about her.When he's not home I have to stay in my room till he gets back...
    sierrastivers sierrastivers 13-15, T 2 Responses Feb 8

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    I've been told over and over how strong I am to

    have made it through everything I've been through in my life..I'm not sure I'm really strong..I think sometimes it's just a simple decision to stand up, face it and get through it or just lie there, roll over and die. No matter how tough things get, I chose life because even...
    LOOKN4NSIGHT43 LOOKN4NSIGHT43 41-45, F 6 Responses Jan 1

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    ClaireH19 ClaireH19 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    jujujuuu jujujuuu 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I dunno where my father is right now.

    He did not contact me for almost 8 years and then one day, we chatted. Now, for almost 2 months, He didn't contact me AGAIN. Ugh. Just wanna know if He's safe right now. Praying He is. (Crossed fingers)
    hazel1228 hazel1228 18-21, F Feb 15

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    When I was 16, my boyfriend beat

    and raped me. Afterwards, I asked, "Why did you do that?" and he said, "To make you feel dirty so you won't be a **** anymore."I thought I loved him more than anything and I stayed with him afterwards.I am now 30. Life became warped for me for many years. Really for 10 years. I...
    InnerGuidance InnerGuidance 26-30, F 10 Responses Sep 7, 2014

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    I may be knocked down many times in life,

    but I WILL get right back up and fight.
    fluffy96 fluffy96 18-21, F 9 Responses Feb 8

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    Learn from your past,

    move on, grow stronger. Some people are fake but let your trust last longer. Do what you got to do, but always stay true and don't let anyone get the best of you.
    KarenIsMyName KarenIsMyName 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 20

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    Jadedgreeneyedlady72 Jadedgreeneyedlady72 41-45, F 7 Responses Sep 23, 2014

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    Because every painful thing every un happy

    or hurt moment followed by every single tear has helped me to grow into the women I am today and brought me to where i stand this second. I love whi I am and am happier then ever anticipated considering the things ive faced.
    califaangel califaangel 31-35, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Focus On The Good

    About 3.5 years ago I went through a really tough time. I had lost everyone that was important to me. I came back to California, starting from scratch. I got a job as a live-in Nanny in Cupertino, Ca. In all it looked like everything was going wonderfully, but I was living with a...
    Dollbaby03 Dollbaby03 26-30, F 13 Responses Oct 1, 2013

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    One Should Never Forget

    I believe that to tell someone to forget about the past is really bad advice. To forget only leads to repeating failed judgements. We shouldn't dwell on the past or live in the past, but we should reflect on it so that past mistakes are not repeated. Even better, be observant...
    RhombusInTheSquare RhombusInTheSquare 36-40, F 9 Responses Jan 13, 2013

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    When I was around 12 years old,

    I started losing my hair. I had gorgeous locks....long....thick....dirty blonde hair. My mom was beside herself because she was not only worried but couldn't understand why this was happening. She finally found out that I had contracted some sort of bug from a family friend...
    Pinky65 Pinky65 46-50, F 8 Responses Jul 14, 2014

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    Me and my two sister

    where very poor growing up. we had a alcoholic drug abusing dad who would sometime hit our mom. not come home for days. finally they got divorced. then it got worse. my mom became a alcoholic and ran the streets. always kicked us out. locking us out of our home. tried to kill...
    mommyyah mommyyah 31-35 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    "No matter what, once in your life,

    someone will hurt you. That someone will take all that you are, and rip it into pieces and they won't even watch where the pieces land. But through the breakdown, you'll learn something about yourself. You'll learn that you're strong. And no matter how hard they destroy you...
    margai margai 46-50, F 4 Responses Aug 18, 2014

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    ...hope it is easy to forgive

    and just forget...after being cheated!!!
    lypear27 lypear27 41-45, F Feb 15

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    Myfairlady1 Myfairlady1 46-50, F 10 Responses Oct 22, 2014

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    The best portion of your life will be small,

    nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
    AlphaLion AlphaLion 22-25, M 3 Responses Feb 10

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    Yesterday I found photos of a naked women on

    his bed in my boyfriends, now ex boyfriends phone. I am of course heart broken but I am not at all surprised I said if I ever found proof that he cheated on me it would be easier for me to walk away. I've been having problems with this man but like an idiot I forgave him cause I...
    SeniaV SeniaV 22-25, F 6 Responses Feb 9

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    You are exactly where you’re supposed to be

    at this very moment. Even if things aren’t the way you want them to be. Even if there’s more to do or undo. Even if you feel like you need to start over from scratch. Every experience and step is necessary. :)
    raquel80 raquel80 31-35, F 18 Responses Dec 17, 2014

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    when I was a little girl three to be exact I

    watched my parents get murdered because my dad refused to pay a bully money. I was the only witness and put the man in jail. my twin brother and I were put into protective custody and adopted into different homes into different parts of the US. This experience made me stronger...
    ladyvadar33 ladyvadar33 31-35, F 5 Responses Nov 16, 2014

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    In all of my 19 years of life,

    so far... I haven't had it worse than some people but I have had it pretty rough. Losing loved ones has got to be the worst pain of them all. I believe we all have our own versions of having a "tough" past. From being a rebel, to being abused. It varies in our own eyes. Mine...
    Nitram13 Nitram13 18-21, F 7 Responses Oct 28, 2014

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    Stand strong after being beaten just remember

    people you are not a victim , u are a victor peace from singapore
    asianahyang96 asianahyang96 18-21, M 2 Responses Feb 15

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    More than enough happened with me in last 2

    months. At first I thought it's just destroying me. I became depressed and suicidal and a total loner. But then I begun to find myself and it felt good. I don't have any friend. Not a single one. I do have some friends. I talk to 'em like.. once in a month or so. But I've grown...
    chocolateinmyblood chocolateinmyblood 16-17 2 Responses a week ago

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    I've been a volunteer firefighter/EMT/recovery

    diver for 2 years and all the things I've seen and done have made a lot stronger. I've had to pull dead bodies from frozen lakes, cut screaming kids from a destroyed car, and enter a burning building minutes from collapsing to search for people inside the structure. I always...
    firefighter1122 firefighter1122 18-21, M 4 Responses Feb 14

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    I feel like if I had known what I know now,

    my life would be different..I wouldn't say that it would be better because I don't have many complaints but I can certainly say I would have changed a few things.
    SimpliLovely SimpliLovely 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 9

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    I am a strong loving woman

    and I will be no other man's door mat again. I control my life. I make the best choices for me.
    swimminginemotions swimminginemotions 36-40, F 4 Responses Feb 16

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    I used to be very angry with the universe.

    I had the "why me's" just like everyone else. I am not angry anymore. I honestly believe that everyone has a path in life. I think in order to be able to do what you are supposed to do, you must experience certain situations first. I have suffered so much in life, yet I am...
    Mm8335 Mm8335 36-40, F 5 Responses Aug 27, 2014

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    I wouldn't be who or

    where I am today if I didn't go through all the crap that I have. I wouldn't change anything even the bad.
    Soccergirl23 Soccergirl23 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 22

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    I am a strong woman. I have been through mental

    and physical abuse, molestation, MANY years of self harm, a year of anorexia, and I was also forced into sexual acts. I have miscarried a child and I went through hell to get to where I am today. Today I am happy. I am free from abuse and I am at peace both mind and body. I am a...
    MamaBreaABDL MamaBreaABDL 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 16

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    My Mother's Betrayal-You say you loved me,

    Mommie Dearest. I am your first(surviving infancy) born. The first love of your life. You love me so much that you abandoned me when I was barely 12. How dare I not keep lying so you could drag me back abroad to live with my molester and abuser of the past 11 years! You acted...
    OrchidOracle OrchidOracle 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 22

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    13 years ago tomorrow our world changed forever.

    At 9:02 am flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center, this family crumbled along with the building. It took us all a long time to get our bearings. But we have survived! Brian you maybe gone but you will never be forgotten everπŸ’”πŸ˜’
    sehardy sehardy 51-55, F 9 Responses Sep 10, 2014

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    It's completely true

    because I've been through so much that I already don't care what people think. I do what makes me happy. I have my nose pierced and I wear certain clothes because it makes me confident. When you go through difficult and life changing events you realize what's important. Live...
    Stargazingah Stargazingah 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I Am The Family Pet

    I was abandoned, left to rot alone in the place i called home by my only remaining real parent, she didnt love me enuff always on that stuff, having sex with guys playing ruff all in my face all over the apartment while i watched. i starved while u drugged, i starved while you...
    AquilaAqua AquilaAqua 13-15, M 4 Responses Jan 22, 2013

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    I am stronger because of hard times.

    .. I am wiser because of my mistakes.... I am happier because of my sad experience ~ unknown~
    orchidangel orchidangel 41-45, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Staying Strong, Staying Positive.

    2 years ago my mom was almost murdered by my dad. At 19 years old my two sisters and I were forced to live on our own. My mom can no longer talk and needs help with the littlest daily tasks. I pray the words come back to her. All in all I'm thankful she's still here. I can make...
    Lucid91 Lucid91 22-25, M 3 Responses Nov 24, 2013

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    IM BACK EVERYONE!!! i was gone

    for like months :( Right now, my life is going great. So I was raped a while back and got Pregers... Now I have a baby child that's six months old :) My little boy, Colby is my life. He's always smiling and it makes me smile too. I'm a stronger person because I had a baby at...
    Annaisdabomb Annaisdabomb 13-15, F 11 Responses 4 days ago

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    jbnichole jbnichole 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    From growing up in foster care,

    loosing both parents, all my grandparent, my best friend, my aunt, being raped/molested, and being psychically and emotionally abused. You would think id give up but I haven't. Though I am depressed a lot of the time. I am a survivor. I will come out of this.
    thatonegirlsam89 thatonegirlsam89 22-25, F 11 Responses