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I Have Lived Through a Natural Disaster

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    Sunri Sunri 26-30 Feb 5

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    Far Away, Long Ago Glowing Dim As An Ember

    My family has lived through a natural disaster alright. Two of them as a matter of fact: Hurricane and Earthquakes. The Hurricane was Hurricane Andrew of 1992 when it sweeped through Florida. My twin and I were just kids, we didn't get the gravity of what was going on. Not until...
    Whitelighter5 Whitelighter5 26-30, F Nov 18, 2012

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    Iowa Flood Victim, Still Trying to Survive

    Hello Everyone, my name is Michelle and I'm only 22 years old. My story is a long one and I hope you all take the time to read it. I've made a website with my story and photos of the home I lost and that I'm still struggling to pay for along with my current house payment... http...
    flood08victim flood08victim 22-25 1 Response May 28, 2009

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    Gotta Love Huricane Parties

    Katrina was close, we didn't get hit too hard though. Rita hit us dead on, the eye went over us. Ike hit hard too. Before 2005 I had lived in south east Texas my whole life and never saw a hurricane... then I got 3 in a row.
    Rinoa8 Rinoa8 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 24, 2011

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    Barely

    I don't mean I barely survived; I mean I barely qualify to be in this group. Growing up on the Gulf Coast, I've been through many hurricanes, but none of them that seriously endangered me, or my property.  I've been airlifted out of my flooded home by helicopter, but it was...
    EBunbury EBunbury 46-50, M May 21, 2009

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    Earthquake

    I survived a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday. 113 confirmed dead but still counted, and around 250 people still missing.  The amazing thing is i should have been in town at the but my friend was running late to pick me up. I ended up being the front door way of my home...
    CrackedNut CrackedNut 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 24, 2011

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    "my House Is A Disaster And So Is My Life" When And How Do I Regain Control"?

    I haven't had a Clean house in Years. I don't have the energy or drive to get up and do anything. ( Even if I didn't have a broken hip ) I don't think things would change much..I stopped wearing makeup some time ago, And stopped fixing my hair. Iv'e just given up on 'everything...
    Anto815 Anto815 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 16, 2011

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    Barely

    I don't mean I barely survived; I mean I barely qualify to be in this group. Growing up on the Gulf Coast, I've been through many hurricanes, but none of them that seriously endangered me, or my property.  I've been airlifted out of my flooded home by helicopter, but it was...
    EBunbury EBunbury 46-50, M May 21, 2009

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    One Disaster After Another!

    Years ago, I lived in Japan. Once on guard duty we had a Typhoon hit ripping sheets of steel lose and throwing them around like frisbees. I abandoned my station to hide behind a stone wall to save my life. Another time I was in a movie theater sitting in the balcony with my feet...
    dorobo dorobo 70+, M 4 Responses Apr 16, 2008

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    Well, More Than Once

    I have experienced two hurricanes Hugo and Georges.  Hugo was the first hurricane to strike PR in 28 years so a generation was unprepared for it; I was 19 at the time.  We put a wood panel on the front windows but the wind took it off and the windows were expose to any...
    jc2009 jc2009 41-45, M 4 Responses Oct 10, 2010

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    Many Times

    I ahve served with the American Red Cross Disaster Services for many years so have been in on recovery from natural disasters. But in 1995, I was living in North Georgia and was directly effected by a Blizzard. I went to one of the disaster shelters, only to discover that the...
    Raibeart Raibeart 51-55, M 9 Responses Apr 15, 2008

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    4/27/11 Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    It was a hot day for April, and a busy one. The torrent of work for the end of the semester was hitting, and, frankly, I wasn't sure if I was going to get it all done. I had been called in to open at work, delivering pizza. We were slammed all day, reports of the tornadoes...
    solowing solowing 22-25, M Apr 27, 2012

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    2003 - the Summer of the Fires

    In the summer of 2003 a huge area  of British Columbia was engulfed in wildfires.  It was a terrible, traumatic experience for thousands of people, residents and rescuers alike.  I have never written about this before, not even in my journal, because just after it had...
    NANSELTAR NANSELTAR 61-65, F 2 Responses Apr 13, 2008

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    Tornado

    I lived in MO close to St. Louis for a few years and that time has given me a fear of tornadoes. The first time the sirens went of we were playing video games at our house with a friend and we all thought they were police sirens. The second time we knew what they were. We stayed...
    IngridMuller IngridMuller 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 30, 2013

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    I esp. admire those who have led lives of adversity, and simply get on with their lives and do not whine about what they have been through. I know there are people in EP...
    ColleenOhara ColleenOhara 56-60, F 5 Responses Jun 28

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    Here's what's been magical to me. Seeing the northern lights, watching waves crash at night and explode with firefly green phosphorescence, orangish red full moons rising above...
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    I was born in Paris, France, only daughter to a Franco-Spanish father, and an Irish mother.We lived in Paris for my first two years, then with my grandmothers illness we moved to...
    Paca24 Paca24 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 6

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    All my life it has been lonesome, i never had anyone come to my birthday parties. I have never had a real girl friend because they would ask me out and of course like the fool i...
    SonofAodha SonofAodha 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 6

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    I first started to self harm when I was 13. My parents went through a divorce. It was a rough time especially with an alcoholic father. I had stopped self harming when I turned 14...
    EveMarieJones EveMarieJones 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 4

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    My story is extremely complicated, but quite interesting if you erase all the negatives....I am from a mixed heritage and was born to a catholic mother and Jewish father. When I...
    londongirl98 londongirl98 16-17, F 1 day ago

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    The Scar's Are Where I Have Been.. I first self harmed when i was about 11, i remember what i used too. I was alone and crying my eyes out i think it was the time my mum got rid of...
    Gentleandlovingsoul Gentleandlovingsoul 36-40, F Jun 29

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    I still am living here in the Charleston area. Would love to meet local people on here.
    John0406 John0406 61-65, M Jun 23

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    I'm tired of it! its time to be the person i want to be and do all the stuff i said I've always wanted to do! but where to start?
    JustDrakeGarcia JustDrakeGarcia 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 24

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    I am a chameleon in terms of life status. When I get bored with who I am and what I'm doing, I switch it up for the sweet taste of variety!
    leavemealonepaul leavemealonepaul 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Iv been.. Abused sexually, Mentally abused, Physically abused, Lied too, Left alone, Sworn at, Degraded by words, Told I am ugly, Bullied, Not loved, Beaten, All this pain had...
    Gentleandlovingsoul Gentleandlovingsoul 36-40, F Jul 1

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    I am 20 years old and I have suffered with severe eczema since I was 6 months old. It has always taken over my life and as a teenage girl, stopped me from living my life the way I...
    maydaisy maydaisy 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Religious (ego) Consciousness, True Consciousness (subconscious experience), and Spiritual Consciousness (super conscious) *Disclaimer: Controversial. Not for the emotionally...
    nagaprincess nagaprincess 18-21, F 3 Responses 21 hrs ago

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    I'm not sure if this counts but I see that from what I have been through, it has made me a better person. Basically, since I was 5 years old my parents have been separated. My...
    edenfw edenfw 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 29

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    I am writing in the hopes that anyone reading this will not feel as alone. On tuesday 6/24/2014 I was arrested for an extreme DUI and a collision. I stayed up nearly the whole...
    RiseAbove222 RiseAbove222 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 28

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    I just had a weird dream about the "end of the world". Idk it was a Noah's ark type thing. But instead of saving all of the animals, it was every man/woman for themselves. It was a...
    SilentNynja SilentNynja 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    Wow!! First hand I can tell you that I was just a lost soul trapped inside this shell. I lived through some dark moments in my life. I had to struggle daily with trust, accepting...
    Christian279 Christian279 31-35, F Jul 4

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    First.. Think about where you were born,, the family you were born into, the circumstances that surrounded you when you were young,, and all the expiriences and moments you have...
    Josue26 Josue26 26-30, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I have lived in the UK all my life. I have been to France, Spain, Germany, America and Holland. I wish I had been to more but my mum is afraid of flying and I'm only 18 so there's...
    MattySomeone MattySomeone 18-21, M Jul 6

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    i was a patrol officer alarm investigator for 4 years i still have demons and nightmares it wont wash away until my wife and counselor i never cried i am shut down off like...
    themosthatedman themosthatedman 36-40, M Jul 8

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    My husband of 10 years has decided he needs a break and is moving out for six months. This is the hardest thing I've ever gone through. I'm looking for people to talk to that...
    JCornell716 JCornell716 26-30, F 5 Responses Jun 29

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    My mum was a single teenage mum that had to raise me all on her own so social services were constantly in and out of our lives. I had to call the ambulance a lot for my mum because...
    Soperslime Soperslime 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 7

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    I am only 18 but I have been through a lot. I have attended my fair share of funerals and I have disorders, I have had cancer scares also . I see myself as strong and I love to...
    mckenziegibson mckenziegibson 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I am 22 and although most have been through hell and back.. I have to. Right now I am a single mother of a 3 year old. Her dad chooses not to be involved, his loss not mine. She's...
    Natasha1128 Natasha1128 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 25

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    I can't say this is much of a pleasant find for me tonight... After all, we are all here because we have the same problem. I am however happy to share my experience with others in...
    HerSuitIsMe HerSuitIsMe 31-35, F Jul 4

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    I am a ski racer ( downhill ski racing like you have probably seen on the olympics) . I like many ski racers spend their summers at Mt.Hood, Oregon. In 2009 I was a happy and...
    Snowtiger4 Snowtiger4 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    Hello! I'm Kristina, I'm 18 years old. In February this year I was diagnosed Swyer syndrome. Although I'm trying to get used to require me to help people who know I'm going through...
    kika96 kika96 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    Help/advice needed from other twins who have been through this. Entering very testing times. I'm not too sure what I'm meant to do now...I feel internal chaos. A year and a half...
    topsykrit topsykrit 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 13

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    I suppose I draw from discipline instilled in me when I was younger and the belief that there's got to be something bigger than us out there. I have been through a lot and I feel...
    MelMel68 MelMel68 31-35, F 4 Responses Jul 13

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    Growing up i was brought up with so much crap down to alcoholics, violence, abuse both mentally and physically and drugs. Yes i had to grow up fast and had no life nor many friends...
    Gentleandlovingsoul Gentleandlovingsoul 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    My boyfriend is 17 and is bipolar ( and has hypopituitarism we both have just found out ) but didn't tell me at the time what type of bipolar he is etc he kept saying how it's his...
    lela201465 lela201465 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 7

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    My boyfriend is 17 and is bipolar ( and has hypopituitarism we both have just found out ) but didn't tell me at the time what type of bipolar he is etc he kept saying how it's his...
    lela201465 lela201465 16-17, F Jul 10

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    Because my life's passing me by. Right now I'm sitting in a library with 15 minutes left for my computer usage at the local library in this town. I've been homeless for about a...
    Orchards Orchards 18-21, M Jul 11

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