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I Am Stronger Because of All I've Been Through

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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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    "Foolish" Some people say

    that I threw my brain away That I'm illogical and don't have much to say Some people say that it's foolish to believe In what we cannot see, so we're deceived All that I can do is listen to you All that you can be is out there you'll see Every single time that I Explain to you...
    zehero zehero 22-25, M Jun 18

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    I've finally found my new name.

    It's simple and sweet and makes me feel happy, which I've never felt with my birth name. My new name just feels like...me. Everyone has adjusted to it pretty well and I've been using it for almost two weeks now. I hope to get it legally done by the end of the year and I can't...
    Cranksta Cranksta 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 11

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    "whatever doesn't kill u makes u stronger" I

    made myself stronger. I saved myself!
    QuanMarquis QuanMarquis 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 24

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    As a child I watched my father beat,

    cheat, and belittle my mother. They got married younger because she was pregnant with me. They fought everyday until she finally left him. She took my brother and I and we lived in a homeless shelter for months until she could save enough money to get an apartment. I grew up...
    ladycherie97 ladycherie97 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    DexterMalloween DexterMalloween 13-15, M 6 Responses May 18

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    Happy ever after. We've all been taught that

    if you do it right, that's what you'll get. The girl, damsel, gets the Prince Charming, they ride off into the sunset, and live happily ever after. But what about those of us that don't? What about those of us who have given up on happy endings? I think I might be one of them...
    aquiver aquiver 26-30, F 4 Responses Jun 17

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    What doesn't kill you really makes you stronger.

    live life to the fullest treat people nice, do the best you can, forgive easily and just live. That's what I do...
    Parislee Parislee 36-40, F 2 days ago

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    my wife left me after a long seven yr

    relationship for and re married 3mths lata
    akil861 akil861 26-30, M 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    My dad died of a heart attack

    when I was 8 on Father's Day of 2004. I will never forget how empty and emotionless I felt for 3 years after. What I found to fill in that emptiness after those long 3 years of depression was definitely not the right solution. Father's Day is always an awkward day for me
    cawnbread cawnbread 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 16

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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 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 do not want to share everything

    and I have not let people in. For a long time I have struggled with myself and those around me. As a small child I faced abuse in ways no child should ever deal with. It forced me to unravel as I started high school and from there things only got worse. I gained weight and lost...
    ReganTheBum ReganTheBum 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 17

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    I was alone at Gym when my gym teacher came

    and the he helped me do some excersice with my legs and i was like o_0.And then he kissed me and I suck his **** and i am 12 years old!!
    birthney birthney 13-15, F 14 Responses Jun 16

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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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    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 9 Responses May 13

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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 May 30

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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 7 Responses May 3

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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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    It's been 9 months since I've come home from

    school for medical leave and i would love to say it's been worth it (from a medical view) but it hasn't. It's been worth it at the end of the day for many other reasons, but i can't express how truly frustrating missing my first year of college to still be so behind is. I've...
    gottakeepyourheadup gottakeepyourheadup 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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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 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 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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    jbnichole jbnichole 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 3

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    sometimes it may feel what's the point,

    yet I know deep down it always has a reason, to all my madness and life's involvement of ****..
    raggedeagle raggedeagle 31-35, F 3 days ago

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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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    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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    Nobody cares about your excuses.

    Nobody pities you for procrastinating. Noboby is going to cuddle you because you are lazy. It's your ***. YOU MOVE IT.
    BlackWidowBaby BlackWidowBaby 41-45, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    I know that everything I've been through has

    made me stronger..... but I'm still terrified it's turned me into a fallen angel too. One who is too broken to ever be fixed. One who will never fly.
    mirrorimage99 mirrorimage99 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Annaambrose Annaambrose 16-17 12 Responses Feb 8

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    it takes being weak, naive

    and broken to become strong. it takes strength to admit when you're wrong & maturity to grow and change due to your mistakes and pain.
    Dawnn1e Dawnn1e 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 20

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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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    PLEASE READ (URGENTLY REQUIRED

    SUGGESTIONS) hey guys!. can you please read following and suggest me the proper way to do it?. people who read my older post and questions can suggest me very well but anyhow i'll try to brief everything and my present scenario. i moved to oman two years ago on job. first...
    heartless2 heartless2 22-25, M 4 Responses Jun 7

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    I just saw the movie "Cleveland Abduction"

    and I was blown away by something Michelle Knight said (I think she calls herself Lynn Knight now). She said that she would never do over any of the experiences she has had because they have created the person she has become! It brought tears to my eyes because I 100% agree...
    IntuitiveOne IntuitiveOne 41-45, F 1 day 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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    I'm a very petite woman,

    21. 5', 78lbs. My shoe size is still in children's. My back goes to my legs and my cup is a 34a. I can comfortably go in a training bra or completely without. I have a baby face as well. I'm beyond tired of the comments I get on my appearance. People are blunt enough to say...
    Awesg Awesg 18-21, F 13 Responses Jun 23

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    `You silly little girl,

    you think you’ve survived so long that survival shouldn’t hurt anymore. You keep trying to turn your body bullet-proof. You keep trying to turn your heart bomb shelter. Stop, darling. You are soft and alive. You bruise and heal. Cherish it. It is what you were born to do...
    PuppetOnStrings PuppetOnStrings 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 11

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    THIS time i Won't go through

    that **** again...no one has a clue what is going on inside me bcs i always Act happy..except my doctor. But I'm focusing on recovery now and that's the reason why I deleted my whole social life and don't talk to anyone anymore..
    nsameshit nsameshit 18-21, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    alot of ups and downs came in my life.

    some of them were like thunder .but i never gave up and belived in my self.... and still on my feet
    arslanrs arslanrs 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 17

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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 14 Responses Apr 20

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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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    Receed In my eyes the brightness Around the

    edges of my shell Heard her words were lifeless So I came out of the well In her eyes within the tears As her soul whisks the years We held hands hoping, hating Love does not need life In the pool of drifting dreams Outside cave of life supreme Inside I know not of any...
    Ymfas Ymfas 26-30, M 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    Been through so much people find all of it hard

    to believe...I'm only 40 & have been through more than most elderly people according to what every therapist has always said. sad when they say it...
    vbdolphins vbdolphins 36-40, F 4 Responses Jun 10

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    justmerae1 justmerae1 46-50, F 10 Responses Oct 22, 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've been thinking alot lately about how I got

    to this point in my life. 2012 was my year to change everything. accepted into uni. moved in to halls. dealing with splitting up with partner/best friend. then came the bomb. that one night I decided to have a little drink at a friends party. (don't normally drink) I remember...
    sammyjo963 sammyjo963 22-25, F 9 Responses Jun 20

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