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I Am Stronger Because of All I've Been Through

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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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    I'd like to think so,

    but having said that I don't doubt that life will continue to put that assumption to the test, but then that's how life is I guess. Gotta love it anyway :)
    sometimeslonelytoo sometimeslonelytoo 41-45, M 2 Responses Aug 14

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    God grant me the serenity to accept the things

    I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting...
    samemay54 samemay54 51-55, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    im not someone who had it all

    when i was growing up. when i was 13 my world changed. my younger sister (who was 9)was taken to the hospital for chest pains. it was in that moment that my family's lives changed. at the hospial they found out that she had a rare heart condition. she has had 4 procedjures done...
    katex93 katex93 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 17

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    Tella84 Tella84 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 18

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    I would have but I am soulless.

    How could I be strong when I don't have my SOUL within me. It runs through the SUN and the MOON to looking for it's missing Piece.
    PathologicalLair PathologicalLair 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 13

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    Dark night of the soul.

    ...gentle surrender.....Phoenix process. It's frightening and isolating to plunge into the unknown. Loneliness is your only companion. You don't know when or will you ever get out of the dark. But one thing for sure, in the end, is the resurrection power beyond the cross.
    samemay54 samemay54 51-55, F Aug 13

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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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    Remembering my husband; he would have been 57

    years old today. With his passing, I came to realize that we live on borrowed time, indeed. For a time, I also once held in my heart, humanity's biggest WHY? I learned, it is not the number of years that makes one's existence complete. It is HOW one's life was lived; no matter...
    samemay54 samemay54 51-55, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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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 14 Responses Feb 5

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    "We make plans, God only laughs.

    " Biggest lesson I've learned from the death of my husband. It has become my mantra from then on. It fits my single-blessedness/widowhood even now. Bottomline: I have entrusted my life to God. I just take it day by day...one day at a time. It is easier, less stressful, less...
    samemay54 samemay54 51-55, F Aug 18

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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 7 Responses Aug 14

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    I haven't been through many tear filled moments.

    No one I love has died; I never had my heart broken by anyone; I don't have any problems with depression or family issues really. Honestly nothing is wrong with my life except that my brother has autism, but that's not that bad. My life might not be a mess but other peoples' are...
    NameIsMailbox NameIsMailbox 13-15, M 1 Response 3 days 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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    I have been through many things

    and like many with hindsight I think why did I not do things differently. Most people on the outside of abuse at home say "You should leave" while said out of kindness it can make people feel worse. It's the one thing they dream and know they should leave. My ex was abusive...
    vampirish vampirish 46-50, F 2 Responses 4 hrs ago

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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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    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 4 Responses 6 hrs ago

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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 51-55, F 4 Responses Aug 10

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    StellaNoir StellaNoir 31-35, F 10 Responses Mar 22

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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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    Through painful experiences,

    I've learned, and keep on learning, to be gracious and humble, the complete opposite of the person I was, with all the naive brand of pride and arrogance. Pride is a great impostor they say. One so clever that it deceives even the devil himself. It is no fool. It flatters us...
    samemay54 samemay54 51-55, F 5 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    God breaks you... It is in the breaking

    that we come to know Him. Not in the blessing. He transforms you... He restores you.
    samemay54 samemay54 51-55, F 1 Response Aug 13

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    Out of suffering have emerged the strongest

    souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. From the ashes of adversity rises up an initiated being.
    samemay54 samemay54 51-55, F Aug 10

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    One year ago, I was physically attacked by a man

    and my life was in serious danger. My world got shaken, but now I'm past it and happy for the lessons it taught me. I think we can all benefit from tragedy if we CHOOSE to.
    2manysides 2manysides 41-45, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    BROKEN OPEN And the day came ,

    when the risk to remain tight in a bud, became more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anais Nin A "turning-point" in life when you finally realize that the life you used to know, no longer serves you....change becomes inevitable. It's kind of...
    samemay54 samemay54 51-55, F 3 Responses Aug 13

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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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    Sometimes we must be hurt in order to grow.

    Sometimes we must fail in order to know. Sometimes we must lose in order to gain. Because some lessons in life are best learned through pain.
    samemay54 samemay54 51-55, F 7 Responses Aug 15

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    The longest road you will ever have to walk is

    the sacred journey from your head to your heart. ~ Chief Phil Lane Jr. I lost myself somewhere in the darkness.
    samemay54 samemay54 51-55, F 3 Responses Aug 14

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    I had suffered relatively little of life's

    loses. I had thought I was in control of my life until my husband passed away. Then I knew I most certainly was not. I was down on my knees, nowhere to go, with no option. It is amazing how high one can reach by bowing the knees before God. It is with this kind of submission...
    samemay54 samemay54 51-55, F 1 Response Aug 19

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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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    every thing you have been Through to this day

    has made you who you are and you are still ever you have been threw it let it go in the past and try to move on. i'm not saying from here on out it will be perfect because then i will be lying to you. But if you have come this far you can keep going and living on.
    Codyweb Codyweb 18-21, M 5 Responses Aug 17

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    I really hate to be cheesy here,

    but I'd like to share my story. My parents got divorced when I was about four years old. A few years later, I started to pluck out my eyelashes. At first, it was just a few at a time, that I'd hopelessly wish on for my parents to get back together. Eventually, it got to the...
    Jmm23 Jmm23 16-17, F Aug 12

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    All through your life

    when you live for others sacrificing every bit of your soul makes you reach that extreme and you say its enough now. Just need the wings to fly away and realize all those experiences you longed for ! I'm not even 30 and I want to get out of this never ending saga of expectation...
    longing4freedom longing4freedom 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 13

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    I feel that when something goes wrong

    everything goes wrong... i guess it like the saying "when it rains, it pours". If i can get through this without feeling sorry for myself or getting help i feel i become a stronger individual
    ollie27 ollie27 18-21, M Aug 19

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    At the time it was horrific -

    but now the dark chapter s are in the past, I can move on as a more powerful and wise person - and able to connect more closely to others. When people are really honest and let go, you realize that all people have experienced and suppressed suffering. Even if it seems small to...
    LiveTruthfully LiveTruthfully 16-17, M 2 Responses Aug 14

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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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    I lift weights pretty regular.

    I have discovered the more I lift the stronger I get.
    LoneRider72 LoneRider72 36-40, M 3 Responses Aug 13

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    I've been dragged through the mud,

    when I'm not chasing demons, my demons are chasing me. But all this running has made me strong. Now I reach to the things I need and I refuse to allow the world to push me around, and refuse to let all this hard work to go to waste. Life is hard, at the end is paradise of a good...
    SkollHati SkollHati 18-21, M 1 Response 1 day 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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    roella roella 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 12

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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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    "Maybe we cannot escape from the destiny of the

    human, but we have a choice: to suffer our destiny, or to enjoy our destiny." ~ Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements As one grieves, somehow, he is faced with the most important decision in the journey. Would I die too - emotionally, spiritually, and even physically - or would I...
    samemay54 samemay54 51-55, F 16 hrs 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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    Would you recognise me

    if I saw you in heaven? Would you hold my hand if I saw you in heaven? Would you tell me you love me if I saw you in heaven? All these questions we ask ourself but yet one day you may find your answer ❤️
    cassie343 cassie343 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 12

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    I have to be strong ,

    that's all I got left.....
    Selma40 Selma40 36-40, F 8 Responses 6 days ago

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