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I Am Stronger Because of All I've Been Through

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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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    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.
    InvolutionWolf InvolutionWolf 13-15, M 4 Responses 5 days ago

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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 4 Responses 6 days ago

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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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    I'm stronger in some aspects

    and weaker in others.
    Matthews14 Matthews14 13-15, M Oct 20

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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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    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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    Myfairlady1 Myfairlady1 46-50, F 9 Responses Oct 22

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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 15 Responses Feb 5

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    I lost my boyfriend of 5years to drunk driving

    while he was talking to me.I didn't know he wrecked until hours later.I thought his phone lost service or died when he didn't answer.when my mom told me what happened I was looking for apartments for us to move into.that was last year.now I still fell empty...
    hiddenjem hiddenjem 22-25, F 5 Responses Sep 18

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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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    After high school I hung around the wrong crowd

    of asian gangsters. after I escaped a riddle of bullets I I decided this life wasn't for me. I went to college, graduated and now work in downtown LA. It's good people see me as square at work in business attire. But a part of me can't let go of the past almost like it's a...
    LoveRobbery LoveRobbery 26-30, M 3 Responses 3 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 a week ago

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    roella roella 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 12

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    greeneyedlady72 greeneyedlady72 41-45, F 8 Responses Sep 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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    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 Oct 21

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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 41-45, M 1 Response Oct 11

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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 4 Responses Oct 21

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    The Power of Acceptance Broken at last.

    I bowed my head, forgetting all myself, and said - "Whatever comes, His will be done.", and in that moment peace was won. - Cyrus Nusbaun Acceptance of what has happened was not and never easy. It felt like we're letting go - and letting go feels like we're leaving our love...
    samemay54 samemay54 41-45, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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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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    JustOrdinaryGirl JustOrdinaryGirl 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 19

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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 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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    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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    (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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    dafalcon dafalcon 46-50, M 8 Responses Oct 12

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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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    We've all been through something that's changed

    us. Some of us are stronger than others and some of us do things a different way, cope with things differently or approach the problem differently. I'm a very strong person & that may sound selfish to some people but I don't care because I've been through some **** no one should...
    kaitybobaityxo kaitybobaityxo 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 21

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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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    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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    Honoring Our Angels (last entry) There's never

    a single day that I don't think of him. It won't happen, ever. He is always remembered. In solitude or amidst a crowd, he is my invisible companion. In joyful times, the more he is missed. But I've realized, and have finally come to accept, love ones who have gone ahead, don't...
    samemay54 samemay54 41-45, F 2 Responses 2 hrs ago

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    LoveRobbery LoveRobbery 26-30, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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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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    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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    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 5 Responses Oct 16

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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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    Mrsnewton2014 Mrsnewton2014 22-25, F 28 Responses 1 day ago

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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 2 days ago

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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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    I'm a survivor of addictions,

    of rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence.. I lived my life too many sad lonely years seeing myself as a victim.. I've used drugs, alcohol and men to try help dull the pain.. I am a strong native woman, I am clean and sober! I no longer want to numb and medicate myself.. Instead...
    Anngeleyes Anngeleyes 26-30, F 8 Responses 5 days ago

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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 11 Responses Sep 10

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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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    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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    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 a week ago

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    my husband punched me many times ,

    i cant stand him anymore
    jessicatong jessicatong 22-25, F 43 Responses 1 day ago

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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 Oct 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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