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I Am Stronger Because of All I've Been Through

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    ...hope it is easy to forgive

    and just forget...after being cheated!!!
    lypear27 lypear27 41-45, F Feb 15

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    annaambrose annaambrose 16-17 13 Responses Feb 8

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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, 2014

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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 36-40, F 5 Responses Aug 27, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    Today I was embarassed by my own peers,

    which call themselves my best of friends, why do people have a constant need to embarass others, I said no more than a thousand times, but their need to destroy my ego and build another stone wall was greater, they say I didnt say much, but I dont think body language is hard to...
    patricialeviana patricialeviana 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 8

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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 14 Responses Jan 5

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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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    IM BACK EVERYONE!!! i was gone

    for like months :( Right now, my life is going great. So I was raped a while back and got Pregers... Now I have a baby child that's six months old :) My little boy, Colby is my life. He's always smiling and it makes me smile too. I'm a stronger person because I had a baby at...
    Annaisdabomb Annaisdabomb 13-15, F 6 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    I feel like if I had known what I know now,

    my life would be different..I wouldn't say that it would be better because I don't have many complaints but I can certainly say I would have changed a few things.
    SimpliLovely SimpliLovely 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 9

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    jaers454 jaers454 13-15, M Feb 2

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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 11 Responses Jan 9

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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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    It's hard to be strong,

    even harder when people expect you to be strong
    Annabellethu Annabellethu 16-17, F 5 hrs ago

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    ClaireH19 ClaireH19 18-21, F 5 hrs ago

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    my oldest brother's death.

    I always thought he was invincible and when he passed it hurt me to my heart.
    Shannon87 Shannon87 26-30, F 4 Responses Feb 4

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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 16-17, M 1 Response Dec 21, 2014

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    people try to break me

    but I'll get up, I will not let anyone kill me!
    CrimsonThePuppet CrimsonThePuppet 13-15, F 4 Responses Feb 8

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    I told my bf what I'm going thru.

    He could never understand. He doesn't know what it's like to work because you have to. Or to not have what you want ever just what you need. It's very difficult to be poor & still dream about what you'd want from life.. to work your hardest & still not have it. He has it all...
    flamedvelvet flamedvelvet 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 5

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    I am a strong loving woman

    and I will be no other man's door mat again. I control my life. I make the best choices for me.
    swimminginemotions swimminginemotions 36-40, F 4 Responses Feb 16

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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 Oct 28, 2014

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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 11 Responses Feb 9, 2014

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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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    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 18 Responses Dec 17, 2014

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    I dunno where my father is right now.

    He did not contact me for almost 8 years and then one day, we chatted. Now, for almost 2 months, He didn't contact me AGAIN. Ugh. Just wanna know if He's safe right now. Praying He is. (Crossed fingers)
    hazel1228 hazel1228 18-21, F Feb 15

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    "That's the thing about pain,

    it demands to be felt..." -Gus Waters-Fault in our stars
    Loislane29 Loislane29 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2014

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    after 8 years of being with a man I met

    as a sophomore in high school when I was fifteen I'm now 22 and I've been through more than I've ever imagined. he cheated on me for 3 years and I never knew it to make it worse I was 3 months pregnant with our first child and got the phone call from the female who was also...
    kjndlani1213 kjndlani1213 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 9

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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 10 Responses Sep 10, 2014

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    I feel like I've grown up

    so much in the last year or two. I'm already doing some of the things I love, I have some great friends, and I really think I have my values set correctly. Excited for the future.
    SkollHati SkollHati 18-21, M 2 Responses Dec 29, 2014

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    I wouldn't be who or

    where I am today if I didn't go through all the crap that I have. I wouldn't change anything even the bad.
    Soccergirl23 Soccergirl23 26-30, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Myfairlady1 Myfairlady1 46-50, F 10 Responses Oct 22, 2014

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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 17 Responses Feb 5, 2014

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    Yesterday I found photos of a naked women on

    his bed in my boyfriends, now ex boyfriends phone. I am of course heart broken but I am not at all surprised I said if I ever found proof that he cheated on me it would be easier for me to walk away. I've been having problems with this man but like an idiot I forgave him cause I...
    SeniaV SeniaV 22-25, F 6 Responses Feb 9

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    More than enough happened with me in last 2

    months. At first I thought it's just destroying me. I became depressed and suicidal and a total loner. But then I begun to find myself and it felt good. I don't have any friend. Not a single one. I do have some friends. I talk to 'em like.. once in a month or so. But I've grown...
    chocolateinmyblood chocolateinmyblood 16-17 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I may be knocked down many times in life,

    but I WILL get right back up and fight.
    fluffy96 fluffy96 18-21, F 9 Responses Feb 8

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    My Mother's Betrayal-You say you loved me,

    Mommie Dearest. I am your first(surviving infancy) born. The first love of your life. You love me so much that you abandoned me when I was barely 12. How dare I not keep lying so you could drag me back abroad to live with my molester and abuser of the past 11 years! You acted...
    OrchidOracle OrchidOracle 26-30, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    greeneyedlady72 greeneyedlady72 41-45, F 7 Responses Sep 23, 2014

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    Every last one of my hardships in my life have

    shaped me to be the woman that I am today I don't regret anything that I've gone through because it taught me a lesson I hold my head high and I walk with a smile even though I feel pain on the inside because I know that I was brought here for a reason and I know that I go...
    Shai75 Shai75 36-40, F 4 Responses Feb 5

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    "It is okay to be at a place of struggle.

    Struggle is just another word for growth. Even the most evolved beings find themselves in a place of struggle now and then. In fact, struggle is a sure sign to them that they are expanding; it is their indication of real and important progress. The only one who doesn't...
    DropsofJupiter1 DropsofJupiter1 18-21, F 11 Responses Feb 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 everπŸ’”πŸ˜’
    sehardy sehardy 51-55, F 9 Responses Sep 10, 2014

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    Learn from your past,

    move on, grow stronger. Some people are fake but let your trust last longer. Do what you got to do, but always stay true and don't let anyone get the best of you.
    KarenIsMyName KarenIsMyName 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 20

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    I've seen things and gone through things I

    shouldn't have had to experience. Some days I wonder how I crawled out of the depths of hell with as much damage as I had, and how I went on. I still remember the day I made a deal with the devil and started gambling my life away to him. But I also remember that no matter how...
    Whathi Whathi 16-17, F 2 Responses 4 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 10 Responses Sep 7, 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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    I've been a volunteer firefighter/EMT/recovery

    diver for 2 years and all the things I've seen and done have made a lot stronger. I've had to pull dead bodies from frozen lakes, cut screaming kids from a destroyed car, and enter a burning building minutes from collapsing to search for people inside the structure. I always...
    firefighter1122 firefighter1122 18-21, M 4 Responses Feb 14

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    ArpWolf ArpWolf 16-17, M Feb 11

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    After feeling a victim

    for many years ( playing the victim, it is easier to be weak), I thankfully could leave miserabilism away ( it does not mean I see things in pink, I know they are not), and now comes the time to.close the circle, being strong for someone, offering my confidence, my trust that...
    Danceofhours Danceofhours 41-45, M 2 Responses Feb 14

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    I only live with my dad,

    am a only child, and I don't go to school. I've only lived with my dad for about 2 or 3 years but it feels like a lifetime. My mom died when I was 8 or 9 from a car accident but my dad doesn't like to talk about her.When he's not home I have to stay in my room till he gets back...
    sierrastivers sierrastivers 13-15, T 2 Responses Feb 8

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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 46-50, F 4 Responses Aug 18, 2014

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    The best portion of your life will be small,

    nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
    desertdrop desertdrop 22-25, M 3 Responses Feb 10

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