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I Am Stronger Because of All I've Been Through

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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...
    Cinnamongrl Cinnamongrl 46-50, F 9 Responses Jul 14, 2014

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    I lost both my arms when I was 18 in a car

    accident. It has been a challenging road and I'm still learning to do things! It can be difficult at times but it's making me stronger
    Lexiyoung Lexiyoung 22-25, F 8 Responses 3 days ago

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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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    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 May 19

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    Life isn't a bad thing.

    It isn't full of darkness. Sometimes you have to get through the dark to find the switch that turns on the light. You'll stumble and fall over things because you can't see your way. You're blind to where you are walking. You might think its easier to give up and just sit it in...
    luna500 luna500 16-17, F 5 Responses Mar 22

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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 8 Responses May 18

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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 31-35, F 9 Responses Jan 9

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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 May 20

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    Last year I was in a relationship with this guy

    that was a year older than me in school. It was my very first relationship and I really liked him. He would alway say he loved me and I didn't truly know what it meant at the time so I said it back. Later he would ignore me and be super forceful with making me kiss him. It was...
    Carley44 Carley44 16-17, F 3 Responses 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 12 Responses Jan 5

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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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    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 May 18

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    I remember my middle school years

    when I had the worst anger issues. I snapped on people. I hated when people bullied me and I always wanted to fight back. It took one person to change that. One coach took the time to get to know me and helped me to get to know myself. I learned who I was and how I wanted my...
    DBallLife13 DBallLife13 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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

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    Annaambrose Annaambrose 16-17 11 Responses Feb 8

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    jbnichole jbnichole 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 3

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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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    Why is it that my boyfriend

    who child I am now 7 months pregnant with is lashing out at me? His mother passed away 2 weeks ago today. I went with him to the funeral in which he left me and went off to sit with his brothers and sisters and didn't introduce me to half the people in the church? Everyone was...
    Mfudgie Mfudgie 31-35, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Struggling with Bipolar wasn't enough,

    life decided to throw me an traumatic event which made me spiral down into psychosis. it took me two years to recover and I still struggle with triggers and it causes paranoia to set in. I took it upon myself to avoid medication. I vowed to never leave my kids (mentally or...
    for3v3r7 for3v3r7 26-30, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    letsfightinglove letsfightinglove 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    My time in college has been quite the journey.

    I experienced domestic violence, divorce, losing everything I owned, losing and having to re find the relationship I have with my daughter, car accidents, losing my dogs, not knowing where I was going to live, being at a distance while my mother battled stage iv cancer, suicide...
    JaclynAisling87 JaclynAisling87 26-30, F 10 Responses 2 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 May 18

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    I have lived in chronic excruciating pain

    since my freshman year of high school (the condition I have is called rsd/crps). I've been in hospitals, at dr offices, taking tons of medicine, and having to have things to help me walk for over four years now. I've wanted to die more than a few times, I've almost killed myself...
    Twinliz Twinliz 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 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.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses May 14

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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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    I wish people understood what I meant

    when I said Elastic Heart-Sia is my theme song
    CanadianBabe888 CanadianBabe888 16-17, F 3 Responses May 23

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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 12 Responses Oct 1, 2013

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    People think they know me just

    because they have seen me. Just because they have been with me for quite a period of time. What they do not know is, they don't. Yes, they may have seen a major part of me but I haven't really opened up totally to someone, no one really knew what I have been through, what I've...
    icecoldzt icecoldzt 26-30 5 Responses 3 days ago

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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 May 17

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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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    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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    When I'm upset. I shut myself down.

    I have no motivation for anything. I tell myself that nobody cares, even tho i know some do. I think about all of the negative things, I could possibly think of. I gave myself all the pain, Thinking i deserve it. Im not sure why i do that, but thats just how i am.
    reanee07 reanee07 16-17, F 4 Responses May 25

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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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    DexterMalloween DexterMalloween 13-15, M 6 Responses May 18

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    I become me! Stronger,

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

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    My best friend died in my arms.

    Before she died she told me she's been sick for a few months and only had a few more days left to live. I was so mad at her for keeping this secret for so long. I cursed her, I yelled at her, then I ran away. The next day I came to the hospital to apologize. There she was...
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses 3 days ago

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    redDya91 redDya91 22-25, F 3 Responses May 10

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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 6 Responses May 23

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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'm me!!! I am a brand new woman

    that no one will ever put down .I know when to say sorry I know when I'm wrong .my life will go on.I trusted the wrong person but its nice to say that what didn't kill me made me stronger.thank you for making me stronger .
    chari1975 chari1975 36-40, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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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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