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I Am Stronger Because of All I've Been Through

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    Oh God help me going trough this way

    where my shadow is my only loyal companion, It's so damn hard to be alone, closed in yourself while everybody jokes at your face, I don't feel like a damn human being anymore, life just doesn't make sense. The ones who I trusted in became my worst enemies, attacked and used me...
    ThatSweetGirl93 ThatSweetGirl93 18-21, F 6 Responses Oct 10

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    We are in a long distant relationship

    and it can be very trying at times. We do our best to stay connected but can still be very difficult. It puts a lot of pressure on our trust. Lately we have entered a Dom sub relationship and it had been a rough journey. But each tough time we have worked through and has brought...
    2muchfun2gether 2muchfun2gether 46-50, F Oct 11

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    All and all I learned from my mistakes

    and I don't regret anything:)
    up97 up97 16-17, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Myfairlady1 Myfairlady1 46-50, F 9 Responses 2 days ago

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    Today I got in front of the class

    and told my mates about a bully in my class. He stopped bothering me and I forgave him. Yesterday I let him loose. I will not tolerate anyone's crap ever! Bullies are the worst people to live.
    20CoolerPony 20CoolerPony 13-15, M 3 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    If I was to write every single detail,

    I'd probably be typing all night. Plus I am too lazy :P But well me name is Emily, I'm 17 years old. I was raped when I was 12 by a ********* when I was left in a shop on holidays in turkey. It didn't really hit me until this year and I started to self harm and even attempted...
    Emily97x Emily97x 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 9

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    Trying to numb the pain.

    .. During my grief, I numbly went through the motions of being alive. But mentally and physically dying in pain, and bewilderment, while the beliefs that had been the bedrock of our life - concepts as basic as love and sovereignty of God - were challenged as never before. One...
    samemay54 samemay54 41-45, F 1 Response Oct 8

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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 12 Responses Sep 7

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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 ever💔😢
    sehardy sehardy 51-55, F 9 Responses Sep 10

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    Well if by stronger you mean I

    now have bionic limbs that have been grafted onto me after losing arms and legs in this blender we call love ....then yes I am stronger *starts making whirling sounds like R2D2*
    MrHeartaFire MrHeartaFire 31-35, M 1 Response Oct 11

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    Daddy

    I still remember sitting at the top of the stairs with my older brother and little sister. We did this a lot, listening to our parents fight in the room next door. I (at 8 years old) was home alone in my dad where I was upstairs and he was downstairs in his room. I was playing...
    margaret707 margaret707 22-25, F 4 Responses Nov 6, 2013

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    I just wanted to post something

    for all the young depressed people I read on here! Im 26 y/o. Ive been trough a lot. From being molested when i was 5 to being constantly abused by men. (Ive been raped a couple times, even had to go to the hospital once) i lost a baby and maybe cant get pregnant ever again. I...
    Marypossa Marypossa 26-30, F 5 Responses Jun 22

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    Fragile Heart Our hearts are fragile,

    but even when they are shattered, they are never too broken for God to mend. Healing doesn't happen quickly. I wish it did. The only way to confront grief is to embrace it, feel it, and allow the time it requires to do its work in our lives. At times, it seemed easier to busy...
    samemay54 samemay54 41-45, F 1 Response Oct 17

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    Well **** at least I can say

    that I have been through hell and back without developing hatred for the world. At least I graduated early with a 3.7 GPA. At least I have a unique life story. At least I am good at volleyball, cooking and cleaning. I try to make my family proud of me. I dont have any kids...
    warriorfera warriorfera 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 8

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    Tella84 Tella84 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 18

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    This could be triggering to anyone with

    experiences of sexual or domestic abuse. My life has not been easy. In 2012, I discovered that I was sexually abused as a child. I have no clear memories of the event(s), but there are many signs throughout my life that indicate sexual abuse. I will spare you the details. A few...
    LucellaLuna LucellaLuna 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 20

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    It's your road and yours alone.

    Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. I learned that no one can walk my journey but me.
    samemay54 samemay54 41-45, F 4 Responses Aug 10

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    I have been through a lot in my life.

    I have had to name but a few poverty/discrimination/persecution/abuse/psychological problems/hunger/violence/substance misuse and the list goes on and on. But I refuse to let these things define me as a person. I take the knocks life deals me and I move on. I am alot...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M 3 Responses Oct 17

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    Yup... Some people say they would go back

    and change things but I wouldn't because I learned from it.
    dashuria dashuria 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 10

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    My In-Laws did not acknowledge my two year

    wedding anniversary. It's a long story but i'm not shocked, , I feel immensely grateful. I can't stand fake people, I know they hate me, and if they spend their whole life proving it, that's their issue. Their son and I are still very happy and I regret nothing. I've never...
    sonatadusk sonatadusk 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    For most of my life I was abused

    and controlled it has left me weak and isolated but I will never be a victim I will always be a fighter
    damaged123 damaged123 46-50, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I'm stronger in some aspects

    and weaker in others.
    Matthews14 Matthews14 13-15, M 4 days ago

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    greeneyedlady72 greeneyedlady72 41-45, F 8 Responses Sep 23

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    Out of Order A strange occurrence I remember was

    when I finally brought home my husband's ashes. After a ten hour trip, we arrived at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. He and I would have been outside gardening by that time. He loved his garden; always blooming with flowers, the greeneries well kept. But that afternoon was unlike...
    samemay54 samemay54 41-45, F 4 Responses Oct 16

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    (A very present grief) Two weeks

    after his 49th bday, my husband passed away. So soon, so sudden; in our house. There was just him and me (our son was in college); it happened at 4am. Massive MI. To this day, I still remember how my world was violently shaken. In the ER, I was led to a chair. I still remember...
    samemay54 samemay54 41-45, F 11 Responses Sep 12

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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 31-35, F 6 Responses Aug 27

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    It's been years, but I am still in the process

    of recovery and transformation. A compassion for others is emerging from my huge broken heart. I guess it had to open fully to the pain of this life. I still get hurt, cry a lot, but there's a sense of strength and equanimity for having survived. There was no other option than...
    samemay54 samemay54 41-45, F 5 Responses Oct 9

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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

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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 5 Responses Jan 22, 2013

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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 12 Responses Feb 9

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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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    I feel like all the hits I've taken in life

    have changed the way I feel about difficulties. Instead of being overwhelmed and scared or mad, I feel challenged to overcome any obstacle. I know that there's not much in life that I can't survive. I almost relish the opportunity to fight because I've learned that the pain...
    fh136 fh136 26-30, F Oct 9

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    Cancer claimed the lives of my mom,

    my step mom and recently my grandpa. To anyone who's gone or is going through something similar, know this. While they have left us, they have also given us the most beautiful gift of all: perspective Life is short, and none truer than this, life is precious. Make the most of...
    alam88 alam88 22-25, M 3 Responses Jul 19

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    In a world we live in today,

    it is difficult to see the good things in life when life only throws the bad things in our faces. It is difficult to know to whom you can place your trust and faith in, for many deceive you. It is difficult to keep from slipping into depression, and loosing all hope. Yes, the...
    CelaRose1995 CelaRose1995 18-21, F 6 Responses Aug 14

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    Other people say when u r broken u can't stand

    back up for a while, but we say when ur broken u look up and smile and stand up because we are stronger than the people who hurt us the most.
    AwkwardM AwkwardM 18-21, F 9 Responses Aug 6

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    So my ms Cancer is back.

    And she is getting weaker everyday. I know that she'll get weaker before she gets stronger. But I the one ultimately taking care of her. I don't mind it, I am happy to do, but it is a lot of work. We are moving back in withy dad which is a whole other ordeal. I get that they...
    Dspence12 Dspence12 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 17

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    In our past, lies our future.

    I've had an unpleasant early childhood. I've been laughed at, bullied, treated unfairly. But when I think back, I cherish my past, for it made me stronger. It made me kinder. It made me thoughtful. It made me see the world through the eyes of a survivor. I deserved to be...
    BillyEmad BillyEmad 16-17, M 5 Responses Jun 23

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    roella roella 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 12

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    I am so grateful for the lessons I have learned

    and the teachers in my life. I just wish that they didn't have to come in the form of really painful experiences and mean people. Guess it's the only way though.
    Wbyogimaso Wbyogimaso 26-30, M 2 Responses Oct 16

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    So I am Indian first,

    who was born in Jamaica and migrated to America so now I am American. Starting over is nothing new to me, but it seems as if time just flew by me and somehow I wish I was young again. I don't know what to make of my situation though, I love Indian food, which is what I was...
    lamandamy lamandamy 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 9

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    JustOrdinaryGirl JustOrdinaryGirl 18-21, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    My father is severly depressed

    and my mom and him would fight all the time. We feared him and would tiptoe around him and up until recently if didn't understand how thIs was not normal. One day he had a break down and hit my mom and we had to runs and call the police. A few months later and he doesn't...
    g369 g369 13-15, F 4 Responses Oct 13

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    I've been through so much pain over the years

    that now I can hardly feel a thing. I'm so numb of feelings that I don't even take things to heart anymore. Nothing can get past me. Though I may constantly think of all the things that are wrong. No ones judgement can make me or break me. I've heard it all, and been through it...
    justhatgurl justhatgurl 16-17, F 3 Responses 1 day 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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    Well my parents are still referring to me

    as a mistake....the other day they told me to go go jump off a bridge. I can not wait until I move out.
    momoshep142 momoshep142 18-21, F 15 Responses Sep 20

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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 41-45, F 3 Responses Aug 18

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    dafalcon dafalcon 46-50, M 6 Responses Oct 12

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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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    Remember when people leave your life,

    it is usually because they are no longer the people they were when you first formed a friendship with them. Learn when to let these people go.
    Aubreyxoxoxo Aubreyxoxoxo 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 9

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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 14 Responses Feb 5

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    I couldn't speak until I was over four years

    old. Born with Verbal Dispraxia - I didn't have the pre-mapping in my head that told me how to form sounds and words. My sister had back surgery to correct her scoliosis when she was still a young teenager. I suck at remembering dates. Five years later my dad lost his mind. The...
    IamWatlocked IamWatlocked 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    When you find yourself alone

    after a break-up, the majority of your prospective problems right after will come from the fact that you are now on unknown, potentially hostile territory. Like you’ve been transported to another frightening reality. You feel alone, scared, not knowing what the future holds...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 9

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    I was born 4 months severely premature.

    I do not know a lot about why premature births happen or why I was born premature specifically...but here is where I will try to share some of my story of my life as a preemie so far, at least what all I know of it and remember. So anyway, here it goes: I was born 4 months...
    beccaishere89 beccaishere89 22-25, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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