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I Am Stronger Because of All I've Been Through

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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'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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    **This isn't the most organized.

    It jumps around a lot from before, during, and after the assault. It's not typed out in order of how things happened because I just typed what came to my mind and it's hard to recall what happened in order as I didn't store it in my memory correctly. Okay, here goes... Deep...
    ChantelSurvived ChantelSurvived 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 20

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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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    it a long story any way i started a new work

    place last year i was happliy getting married etc and half way down i was working my ex shouted and controling me well we necame friends with the chef at my works he kept telling me he loved me but i didnt belive him etc he knew i was getting married.well anyway he started to...
    shinylips123 shinylips123 31-35, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Annaambrose Annaambrose 16-17 13 Responses Feb 8

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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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    Done so many forms of self harm I couldn't

    count em all. Not including tobacco and alcohol. I'm Getting stronger by the day though!
    hhannahhbabe hhannahhbabe 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 15

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    Amongst all the stories in the newspaper today,

    this was by far the best and most heart warming to me. Imagine walking a mile in someone else’s headline: Monica Lewinsky speaks at TED2015 It was very brave of her to say it aloud and say it well, she has become even more beautiful in my eyes now. http://blog.ted.com...
    IamnotCharlieSheen IamnotCharlieSheen 41-45, M Mar 23

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    Unhappily married and not really sure

    where to go from here. Oh man does that feel better to put out there!
    starzzy333 starzzy333 31-35, F 4 Responses Mar 12

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    It's completely true

    because I've been through so much that I already don't care what people think. I do what makes me happy. I have my nose pierced and I wear certain clothes because it makes me confident. When you go through difficult and life changing events you realize what's important. Live...
    Stargazingah Stargazingah 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 3

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    jujujuuu jujujuuu 22-25, F 1 Response 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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    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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    goodnites25 goodnites25 22-25, M 1 day ago

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

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    Sincerepain Sincerepain 13-15, F 5 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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    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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    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 17 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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    jbnichole jbnichole 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 3

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    Me and my two sister

    where very poor growing up. we had a alcoholic drug abusing dad who would sometime hit our mom. not come home for days. finally they got divorced. then it got worse. my mom became a alcoholic and ran the streets. always kicked us out. locking us out of our home. tried to kill...
    mommyyah mommyyah 31-35 3 Responses Mar 3

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    ClaireH19 ClaireH19 18-21, F Mar 1

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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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    I'm stronger than them,

    stronger than everyone. I don't need to prove anything to anyone anymore.
    xXxWildOnexXx xXxWildOnexXx 13-15, F 2 Responses 9 hrs 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 6 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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    Nobody dies a virgin,

    Life f**ks us all. ο»Ώ
    coltishclinton1904 coltishclinton1904 18-21, M 7 Responses Mar 9

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    I am stronger because of hard times.

    .. I am wiser because of my mistakes.... I am happier because of my sad experience ~ unknown~
    orchidangel orchidangel 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 2

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    Having a bad day "(( LORD please help me .

    . Things start going good then just one day alone everything just crumbles !!! Uuuggghhh # JUSToneOFthemDAYS
    RavenBreanna RavenBreanna 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 9

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    I really am. Every heartache,

    every time I hurt, physically, mentally and emotionally, It changed me forever. Every tear I cried has strengthened my inner-self. I was becoming tougher, more careful, cleverer, and the same time, I stopped smiling, stopped trusting, started doubting, Every crease that was...
    KrisKrosSk8 KrisKrosSk8 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I have been through a lot in life.

    ... I was so pretty when I was kid... obesity took away my happiness. .. my parents were orthodox I always want to b a host but I became a ghost I used to smile and cry loud in my empty room my dreams were shattered ppl were calling me ugly. ..They calls me aunt. .. my little...
    kirti92 kirti92 22-25, F 7 Responses Mar 21

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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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    I fight for my life everyday.

    I was born with a disability called cerebral palsy. I defy science just by existing. I don't waste time dealing with haters. they are just insecure
    thatgirlfromtx thatgirlfromtx 13-15, F 5 Responses 6 hrs 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 16 Responses Feb 5, 2014

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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 become me! Stronger,

    fiecier and lovelier
    aloneme79 aloneme79 31-35, F 8 Responses Mar 3

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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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    i deal with so much stress on a daily basis

    but still manage to plaster a fake smile on my face at the end of the day...is it noticed that im unhappy? i do things for u i really dont want to do and go above and beyond and for what....the minute i try to communicate with u about our relationship u yell at me and cuss at me...
    lalaholly lalaholly 22-25, F Mar 19

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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 8 Responses Sep 10, 2014

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    Once you see these "beautiful"women post a

    picture of them, you assume, oh she's just trying to beg for attention. When all you know about her is her "flawless" beautiful features. Not her story. People think I'm being harsh on myself because I love to hear compliments from others. Maybe because I am proud of who I...
    rosalindaa101 rosalindaa101 22-25, F 10 Responses 23 hrs ago

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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 11 Responses Mar 1

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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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    Because every painful thing every un happy

    or hurt moment followed by every single tear has helped me to grow into the women I am today and brought me to where i stand this second. I love whi I am and am happier then ever anticipated considering the things ive faced.
    califaangel califaangel 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 3

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    I've been through hell

    and back over the past few years in my life.Everyone has a story honestly I'm not going to go deep into my harsh reality. Life is like a roller coaster with all it's ups and downs. Such is life,such is surviving through good times and bad. Here's the bottom line people crap...
    AfanOfbigNaturals AfanOfbigNaturals 46-50, M 1 Response Mar 8

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    blueworldsapart blueworldsapart 16-17, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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