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I Am Stronger Because of All I've Been Through

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    This past year has been the worst

    and hardest of my life. Between severe marital issues, my father passing away, children leaving the nest and a few other things. Back in August I would never had thought I would make it to April of this year. But life is funny, how the worst times can bring out the best in a...
    orchidangel orchidangel 41-45, F 6 Responses May 3

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    this may sound dumb and dramatic to you

    but it's true and this really did hurt me deeply. but when I was 12-13 I had this awesome friend. he was my best friend and we were friends for a long time but after a while we started developing feeling for one another only strengthening our relationship. but we were pretty...
    shamrok11 shamrok11 13-15, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I've been fighting low self esteem

    for 4 years and just last year over coming it all. I hated myself due to my skin color and went through various amounts of suicide attempts. I've learned to love myself.. But it's just those moments where my insecurities kick in again, when being compared to prettier girls or...
    kashaleea kashaleea 16-17, F 17 Responses 5 days ago

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    Darkness falls on another day And the light

    just seems so far away Am I here all alone? 'Cause it just feels so cold, oh so cold Is there more than what meets the eye? Something higher keeping me alive Maybe hope buried deep within Here's what needed to begin again Now I must believe In something I cannot see...
    Achillybreeze Achillybreeze 18-21 4 Responses Apr 27

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    tonjam tonjam 46-50, M 2 Responses Apr 29

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    Going back through my profile,

    I can see so many points in my life. I have grown alot and I can see it through EP. Good and bad times...
    ChangingFaces5 ChangingFaces5 26-30 May 5

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    guyz.. today was an excellent day.

    ... Today i feel little bit relaxed frm all d stress & strain i gone through. Parents was always aious abt my higher education. anyway i managed to get a suprb rank in one of our engneering entrance examinations.. :) thank lord....
    johmat2 johmat2 22-25, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    jbnichole jbnichole 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 3

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    My name is emerald I'm 18 years old

    and I live nowhere and everywhere I've been like this since the age of 12 with no mother no father and barely any family I think it's made me stronger having to rely on myself not being able to trust others it makes life hard but I've been through a lot and I'm glad I have...
    Ladystone Ladystone 18-21, F 6 Responses May 10

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    I guess I thought I was,

    but maybe I'm not. I'm feeling very sad and very suicidal right now. It's taking an effort to not just scream or slit my wrists. And I feel so stupid. But I've felt like this before and I guess I was hoping that it would make it easier if I ever had to go through it again, but...
    xPrincessMia xPrincessMia 18-21, F 8 Responses May 10

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    5 years ago I felt isolated

    and hurt by bullies and now I leave school on Friday. I'm so proud of all the effort I have put in to prove people wrong and I am really proud of myself for overcoming an experience like this. I'm still under confident in my looks but it is nowhere near bad as what I used to be...
    blueworldsapart blueworldsapart 16-17, F 7 Responses 5 days ago

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    Treasure7 Treasure7 36-40 May 9

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    justmerae1 justmerae1 46-50, F 10 Responses Oct 22, 2014

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    I probably write a book on my life

    but it's already been written Mommie Dearest with Jo Crawford not complaining of my life but I am Who I am because of my experiencs, I am thankful for it
    dear491 dear491 56-60, F 2 Responses May 1

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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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    To anyone struggling with depression

    and especially you men out there. I am here to encourage you to never give up. It has now been seven years since I was in the fight of my life to get out of an infinitely deep valley of depression. The kind that feels like you are walking with cement shoes through a dark dank...
    Mac7777 Mac7777 46-50, M 10 Responses May 13

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    You do not have to be good.

    You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the...
    ifeelachangeinthewind ifeelachangeinthewind 22-25, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I've been through a lot

    for one person.. Won't go into detail, but it has made me strong and independent. I'm proud of who I am today.
    aliceinwomderland aliceinwomderland 31-35, F 3 Responses May 14

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    To all those who judge me from what you "heard".

    .walk in my shoes for a day..i guarantee you would fall then scream your lungs out with tears pouring down your face then run home to mama
    NjJ7 NjJ7 16-17, M 2 Responses May 9

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    I was molested from the age of 4-9 by two men

    (uncles). Raped by a guy i liked at 15. Raped by my boyfriend's (now ex) bestfriend at 23. I'm now 30 and I'm doing good, raising my 3yrs old, yet there are times that i get flashbacks and get anxiety. It's rare but very powerful. Thankfully i get them at night when my lil one...
    StillHere84 StillHere84 26-30, F 9 Responses Jan 9

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    mayayayaya mayayayaya 31-35, F 3 Responses May 1

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    I was bullied two of my first acting coaches.

    One of them basically told me I had no talent every rehearsal and he even called me lazy without realizing how much work I was doing. He would even compare me to the other girl who was playing the same role, telling everybody how much better she was than me. It was humilliating...
    IzzieO IzzieO 22-25, F 5 Responses Apr 26

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    I become me! Stronger,

    fiecier and lovelier
    aloneme79 aloneme79 31-35, F 7 Responses Mar 3

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    I wish people understood what I meant

    when I said Elastic Heart-Sia is my theme song
    CanadianBabe888 CanadianBabe888 16-17, F 3 Responses 7 hrs ago

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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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    redDya91 redDya91 22-25, F 3 Responses May 10

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    Allan Stone is an SEO Specialist Sydney

    for nearly about a decade. I runs my own reputable consultation firm. I works closely with content marketing as well and is an excellent mobile app reviewer in Multinational company systronic.com.au
    AllanStone AllanStone 26-30, M Apr 27

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    41 years later I come to discover

    that indeed I was so different from other children. My mom always said I was a very special child and now I beginning to understand how I was different than my siblings. I'm a SURVIVOR OF ******/RAPE. Domestic Abuse was a normal part of discipline from my biological father. It...
    deleted deleted 26-30 15 Responses Apr 20

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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 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 21, 2014

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    It's been a year of upheaval,

    but it's getting close to the end now. My divorce will be final in just over a week and there is a wonderful new man in my life. My family has been shattered by it, and I am waiting for one family member to see the light. In the meantime, I am grateful for all that makes me...
    Spuddie2308 Spuddie2308 51-55, F 2 Responses Mar 20

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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 16 Responses Dec 17, 2014

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    I'm a single mom with 4 kids ands I'm happy

    but I'm having a hard time finding a job to make ends meet. I'm analytical, driven, creative, and passionate. I was 1.5 semesters away from finishing college, but had to quit to keep a roof over our heads and i only barely do that. Despite my fears and a lack of social...
    GibMore GibMore 31-35, F 4 Responses May 11

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    When i was 6 my dad left without a word When I

    was 8 my dad's family threatened to firebomb our house so we move in with our Nan. When I was 9 our old house was repossessed and all our stuff thrown away. When I was 11 I left school and was home schooled, none of my friends never talked to me again. Mow I'm 16 with no...
    OlliePolly OlliePolly 16-17, F 5 Responses May 10

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    I was pregnant , and

    now since my baby was born , I feel so happy and feel stronger Bc after all what I've been through , now Ik who the real people are and who aren't .
    ASA15 ASA15 13-15, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    DexterMalloween DexterMalloween 13-15, M 6 Responses 5 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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    When I was 2 years old my biological father

    tried to kill me. He was dragged from my home by police pretending he was attempting to commit suicide so he wouldn't get caught. He succeeded. I am an identical twin. He loved my sister but ignored me. He told my mother that if they ever broke up he would take custody of her...
    Chloesince92 Chloesince92 22-25, F 9 Responses Sep 10, 2014

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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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    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 16 Responses Feb 5, 2014

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    Sometimes I fantasize about a better life with

    a different, more loving and normal family, but honestly they have sculpted me into the person I am today. I have had to grow up fast and that has made me more mature for my age. I also know to be careful with people, and i don't trust many people. It has also made more insecure...
    lukesdeadpenguin lukesdeadpenguin 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 28

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    Breaking up is hard to do.

    .... Just broke up with my gf of two years. Truly believe she may have been my soulmate, if it were just us. My kids didn't like her which was a huge obstacle that we tried to avoid but in the end it drove us apart. The worst part is I wanted to end it peacefully and remember...
    KRam42 KRam42 41-45, M 4 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    since the new millinium my life was a roller

    coaster fun at first with my young mind i travelled many countries many cities i never thought i could visit at such a young age and by myself... then it all began to seem like a war and a horror movie combined trapped in a warzone with many depressed people around me i couldnt...
    afmi123 afmi123 22-25, M 3 days ago

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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 13 Responses Jan 5

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    2014 I had a volunteer job I loved

    but was draining me. I gave everything I had to that job, and they end up firing me and turning every of my friends there against me. They said "I left because I wanted to". I also had a boyfriend, who helped me through that drama. And in July, he left me, still saying he loved...
    silvis silvis 18-21, F 9 Responses Apr 18

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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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    Nightmare. I had many many bad experiences

    starting when I was a baby. We are very poor that milk was scarce and I feed on rice juice or warm water. We sleep in dirty places, I got lots of diseases, amoeba, primary complex and dengue. My dad hates me, he curses me since I was young... I am always starving that I picked...
    angel30xx angel30xx 22-25, F 3 Responses May 1

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