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I Am Stronger Because of All I've Been Through

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    Growing up, my parents were abusive alcoholics

    but I still loved them because in my heart I still had hope that someday they would change and be the people I knew they were capable of being. But empty promises can only provide solace for so long. I developed a strained relationship with my parents that led to me hiding my...
    chadwiak01 chadwiak01 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 27

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    A little girl went to visit her father one day

    and did not return home to her mother. Instead her father and grandparents brought her to a new home in a far away country called Brazil. Years went by and the little girl forgot her mother. Then one day her Papai told her she was going to see her Mamae. He took the little girl...
    Zaha0710 Zaha0710 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 21

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    Life can be a ***** for some people,

    I know but as a man told me u can't let it get to u hold on and stay strong
    thatgirldailey thatgirldailey 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 11

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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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    My Stint With A

    So I’d like to share a true story about me that happened only a few months ago (Feb). It’s not earth shattering or anything but hopefully you guys will find it entertaining. It’s about my one and only experience with a “self destructive” phase brought on by (you guessed...
    cheekybuggar85 cheekybuggar85 26-30 1 Response Jul 20, 2012

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    You showed me that I could be strong on my

    own… You showed me that I do not need anyone… You showed me I could do what ever I wanted in this world… But you also showed me that I can do it all without YOU anymore.
    joyevaa joyevaa 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 17

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    Getting really real here

    for a sec but I think that because of how I was treated by my family when I 'came out' I managed to grow a thicker skin. Because of it it's made it harder to trust people but I don't see that as a bad thing it also made me rather emotionless which again I use to my advantage and...
    Ailurus23 Ailurus23 18-21, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Tella84 Tella84 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 18

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    i am stronger because

    when i just came to the united states i did not know any English at all and at my school a girl bit me up that was very depress cause i didn't know any English and i was making D and C in my report cards and now i am making honor world in all my report cards and i am really...
    vipangel963 vipangel963 13-15, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    Its funny how you look back at certain

    situations like how did I get through that? You never know how strong you are until you think about what you've been through and what you accomplished. Eye of the tiger!!
    goldengirl24 goldengirl24 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    I am stronger because of all I've been through.

    .. I was 16 when everything happened. It all seemed to snowball honestly. I had been home sick with the flu. I was staying at my grandparents house while my mother worked so they could keep an eye in my fever and made sure I didn't pass out or anything. Then all of a sudden my...
    Ginnty Ginnty 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 10

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    I'm easly to get cry.

    . yeah very generous with my tears, :), but just for awhile,  and feel better afterwards.
    moonstruck77 moonstruck77 46-50, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Geez, I don't know how to start this off.

    Okay I was a shy kid who desperately wanted the girls. Too simple? Well I was always rejected because I'm ugly (well atleast I was before), an oreo, fat (I have a two pack sweet!). I was sooo shy that I never socialized with girls for years. Until one day there was this girl I...
    HarmonicArtist HarmonicArtist 13-15, M 1 Response Jul 18

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    I don't really want to go into detail

    as the last 3 years of my life was a complete waste, especially the last year. I was controlled, emotionally abused, and finally assaulted resulting in a nervous breakdown. The only way left for me was up...... or out! I'm not a quitter, so with a lot of help from my best friend...
    princessalison princessalison 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 14

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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 6 Responses Jun 22

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    My dads an alcoholic,

    I don't know if he's alive or dead. My little brother is autistic. My neighbour stalked me for almost a year. He was a convicted child molester. I was on my deathbed for a year. It gave my mom post traumatic stress disorder. I've been raped twice. I was with my first love for...
    justbelieve justbelieve 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 18, 2013

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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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    I realized it's okay to cry,

    but it's not okay to give up. I know everything's not okay, but I know I am who I am because all I went through. "In the end everything will be okay, if it's not okay then it's not the end."
    DeterminedToMakeLifeWorthIt DeterminedToMakeLifeWorthIt 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 16

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    Over the past 29 years I have definitely been

    through some crazy stuff. I was born with the birth defect called spina bifida and have had countless surgeries and been in and out of hospital more times than I care to remember. I've almost died 5 times and somehow managed to pull through. I have depression and have had...
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M Jul 23

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    When life puts you down,

    you gotta stand back up and fight again its never is your last fight until you are dead and that will be your retirement from your life job. Meanwhile, you have to strive to become better than yesterday in every-way; mind, body, soul and heart. You should never give up, you owe...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Jul 18

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    I know this to be true

    for a fact. Every broken heart, lost loved one, every difficulty...it molds you from that shapeless lump of clay you started off as when you were younger to a statue. But that's all part of life, isn't it? Aren't we all just books with chapters being added year after year? Some...
    IvanArtWork IvanArtWork 41-45, M 3 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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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 3 Responses Jul 9

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    Up at 3am and home at 7pm.

    ...Home from a long day of work.thought today would never end. :( Oh what a sight to walk up the stairs and see him totally trashed! Falling off the couch and half lying on the coffee table. I'm so discussed :( If it weren't for him being so ill from the hyponatremia / sodium...
    Lovesthebeach Lovesthebeach 56-60, F 3 Responses Jul 20

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    Experiences good or bad make us stronger.

    Everything teaches us something even when it doesn't seem like it. I may hurt now but I'll be stronger than ever.
    eaarcher93 eaarcher93 18-21, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    Less stress. Less pain.

    Less problems. More Happiness, More Laugh.
    Cedeslove8 Cedeslove8 22-25, F Jul 22

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    Idk where to start, I lost a lot of people

    Close to me, in March 2013, I lost my 8 month old brother , he had heart problems but he was fighting it. In that same year my grandma had pasted because if a heart attack :( . I had lots of depression that year, I still have it today
    Kemyap Kemyap 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Yesterday, some of my lifelong "friends" said

    some very very hurtful things to me. I won't get into the gory details, but it hurt. I learned some things from it though. For starters, they are absolutely not my friends. Two, I deserve to be treated like a person, not a puppet, and three, it's time to remove them from my life...
    reneeo11314 reneeo11314 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 23

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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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    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 3 Responses Nov 6, 2013

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    I was sexually abused by my stepfather

    when I was 9 years old. I am now 18 soon to be 19 and I can clearly remember how it all started. I lasted my head on his lap because my head was aching and he just leaned in and kissed me. I was startled and pulled away. I didn't know what to do or think so I figured it was...
    Esperanza95 Esperanza95 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 22

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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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    A Lot

    I've been through a lot and even though I let some of these experiences let me down in the beginning, I realized that the only thing they should do is make me a stronger person.   It has also let me learn that I can use my experiences to help other people too, and I've...
    yoyy yoyy 26-30, F 9 Responses Oct 3, 2008

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    Once their was a little boy.

    He grew up in a house with his Daddy and his Mummy and his sisters. One day the little boy saw the truth, when he was about six. He watched as his mummy downed her third vodka bottle, he watched as his father left her. The little boy wanted nothing more then to help his mummy...
    TorchwoodBoy TorchwoodBoy 18-21, M Jul 21

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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 2 Responses Jul 19

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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 15 Responses Oct 1, 2013

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    A while ago I was feeling sad

    and lonely and wanted to run away from home.... Things have changed I am much happier now! I decided to stop focusing on the bad and start thinking positive my life turned out to be better and I am greatful for what I have :)
    Linn19 Linn19 16-17, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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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 10 Responses Jan 13, 2013

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    Life's Struggles

    I ran into an old friend that I hadn't seen in a long time.  We sat down and had coffee and a conversation.  We were getting caught up on each others' lives.  We talked about the paths our lives had taken and how we managed the curves that life throws at us.  Marriage...
    WildSpectrumArts WildSpectrumArts 46-50, F 10 Responses Jan 29, 2012

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    I am thankful for everything I've learned

    throughout my life, and that the **** I've had to deal with hasn't hardened my heart. But I would really love a break, I'm exhausted.
    planetcaravan planetcaravan 22-25, F 6 Responses Jul 9

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    StellaNoir StellaNoir 31-35, F 10 Responses Mar 22

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    Through having quite a traumatic life,

    I'm training to be a mental health nurse to help others through bad times, no one deserves to be alone as it is the worst feeling when times are hard, so my heart is set on helping others!
    lostsoul4888 lostsoul4888 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 20

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    When you feel like it's never going to get

    better remember joy comes in the morning
    FindMeHereUnmoved FindMeHereUnmoved 22-25, F 4 Responses 5 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 12 Responses Feb 9

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    They say what doesn't kill you makes you

    stronger, right? Well I have to be one of the strongest women in the world!!!
    tammie74 tammie74 36-40, F 3 Responses Jun 15

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    I love it when i get to share stuff to help

    others, specially positive stuff because life is more about the ups than the downs. I recently shared my experience with an addict brother and the struggle to get him to rehab... As painful as it was this situation has brought the family together like its never been. In between...
    Marypossa Marypossa 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 8

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    roella roella 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 12

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    I've overcome many adversities in my life

    but I feel like I am getting stronger every day and learning more about myself
    nemophilist8 nemophilist8 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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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 9 Responses Jul 14

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    ive been through a lot.

    every time something happens, i feel like a can deal with more.
    bowsandarrows bowsandarrows 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 22

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    Five years ago my mother

    and her husband set up a plan to steal our large business out from under my husband and I. This left us in such emotional and financial distress we were emotionally unavailable to our children for many years. Being stuck with a house and private school tuition bills we could no...
    kwetten kwetten 41-45, F 5 Responses Jun 30

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    I don't know where to begin.

    ... My Mum and Dad were only 19 when they had me. They broke up when I was very young, but they were still civil for my sake. I lived with My Mum but due to finances we moved around a lot and we actually moved in with my Dad and my Nan. As we were living with my Nan I grew...
    TheUnpredictable9 TheUnpredictable9 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I am only 18 but I have been through a lot.

    I have attended my fair share of funerals and I have disorders, I have had cancer scares also . I see myself as strong and I love to help people through their troubles because I wish somebody was there for me when I went through mine .
    mckenziegibson mckenziegibson 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 19

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    Damn. Just when I thought life was finally in

    our favor, my whole world gets turned upside down 💔 tonight has been one of the hardest nights of my life and I'm not even sure how to deal. I had to say goodbye for now to some of the people I love more than anything. I don't know how the hell I'm gonna get through this. All...
    reneeo11314 reneeo11314 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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