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I Have Lived Through a Natural Disaster

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 47 People

    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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    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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    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 8 Responses Apr 15, 2008

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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    yeah its not OK that whenever someone tries to give me a high five or a hug, I flinch because I'm afraid that they're going to hit me...
    mightymouse69 mightymouse69 16-17, F Feb 17

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    My stories pretty interesting. I hope your a good listener!
    ninibae ninibae 13-15, F Feb 18

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    We all know what that means :)
    CjEntingh CjEntingh 16-17, M 2 days ago

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    I am sick and i am tired but I had to sayYES THIS IS MY GROUP AND MY HEARTH GROUP :D!USUALLY PEOPLE HAVE NOOO IDEA HOW VULNERABLE HOW POROUS AND HOW MALLEABLE MY BOUNDARIES REALLY...
    lunadelobos lunadelobos 41-45 1 Response Feb 11

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    Another Goodbye ButterflyI wish she wasn't so upset,when she left me,mad as she was when she left,but it's the only way she knows how leave me,believe me,I know the type,so...
    AaronLA AaronLA 31-35, M Feb 15

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    Another Goodbye ButterflyI wish she wasn't so upset,when she left me,mad as she was when she left,but it's the only way she knows how leave me,believe me,I know the type,so...
    AaronLA AaronLA 31-35, M Feb 15

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    [PLEASE READ]!>> I WANT PEOPLE LEARN WHAT I HAVE LEARNED> Its kinda a long post, but worth the read, I promise. To begin with, I actually dont suffer from it anymore, but I...
    athion64 athion64 22-25, M 5 Responses Feb 2

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    ...where I have lived in a sexless marriage for 38 years. I spent most of our early marriage, before children, sleeping in our spare bedroom. When we DID have sex, every year and a...
    midagehippie midagehippie 56-60 1 Response Feb 16

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    My first time writing. Because I hid my problem for so many years, I became a shamed of what went on at home. Since I was young my father would constantly complain and yell at my...
    mukullama4 mukullama4 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    You said I was special. I was breathtaking, I was beautiful. I didn't really care about your words, but i believed you believed them . I believed in your kindness and not the...
    wingeyes wingeyes 31-35, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Majority of the world are still trying to find themselves. Everywhere you go you see people who have lived many years before you, struggle as you do. Even people with a decent job...
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    Well, it's been six months now. I was hoping, by this time I'd be completely over him. But, I'm not quite there yet. Still, I must give myself kudos as I've come a long way...
    Beth1218 Beth1218 51-55 2 Responses Feb 1

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    Two to be honest. Irrationality/Lack of common sense. We all do this. I'm guilty when I have too much pride. But people who immediately assume things, stereotype, or do more...
    RationalCutie RationalCutie 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 20

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    livingtestimony83 livingtestimony83 31-35, F 1 day ago

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    I am a strong woman. I have been through mental and physical abuse, molestation, MANY years of self harm, a year of anorexia, and I was also forced into sexual acts. I have...
    MamaBreaABDL MamaBreaABDL 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 16

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    okay so.. i'm young. and i've done things, been through things. my life wasn't the best. i drink, smoke, have sex, i cheated... don't think i did these things because i want to be...
    angelgoinghome angelgoinghome 13-15, F 4 Responses Feb 18

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    Macrogenitosomia or Clitoromegaly.. I probably constructed one of my most well thought out vents to date and through the anomalies of the EP spirits it simply vanished on this...
    AbbyVents AbbyVents 22-25, F 10 Responses 6 days ago

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    I am at the beginning of, what has started out as, a very messy and bad divorce. In the middle of this divorce are two very amazing toddlers. My babies are my everything, the...
    SunAgain SunAgain 31-35, F Feb 4

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    I have been through thing that most should never have to go through. I can't move forward, because I can't stop looking back...
    Harper101 Harper101 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 17

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    i have been bullied since i was a kid i don't know why i'm depressed still going to school my sisters don't understand they also bullied me nobody understand how i feel i feel...
    gamergirlo gamergirlo 13-15, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I am always afraid to speak up, be myself, sharing my thoughts and acting on it. My fears grew bigger and bigger everytime I was ridiculed, insulted, ignored,... etc. I am not...
    KindM KindM 22-25, M Feb 2

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    We waste millions of tons of food each year, while millions of people starve. This is a tragedy, not many will disagree. Today I want to talk about another tragedy... The one where...
    SpaceTurtle SpaceTurtle 31-35, M 4 Responses Feb 2

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    You are a human. And you deserve to live. You have feelings. And you may or may not have gone through **** in your life. But you have a story. And I'd love to hear it.
    londonbr1dge londonbr1dge 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 3

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    My name is Michael, I'm a tall and skinny, bony guy who's a senior in high school. Let me just say, it's a real b*tch to know that you can't control your mind and body when it...
    ghostrefy ghostrefy 16-17, M 1 Response Feb 4

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    I have been through hell and back , around the world and back and some more but I am who I am bc of all the places I have been and things that I have seen and heard . If you love...
    Fanteyzhuh Fanteyzhuh 22-25, F Feb 4

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    Well, the title says it all. I am in desperate need of advise. My mother was narcissistic and abusive (and only those who have gone through that as well can know what I'm talking...
    kat1wabash kat1wabash 18-21, F Feb 7

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    This afternoon I was about a minute away from slitting my wrists open with a steak knife. I was so tempted and if my mom hadn't been here I probably would have followed through.
    dicavill dicavill 41-45 Feb 7

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    For the wounded, the damaged, the broken. There is a dignity and a wisdom that only those who have gone through intense pain, physical or emotional, know.
    Danceofhours Danceofhours 41-45, M 2 Responses Feb 9

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    In this world we all have choices. The choices we make can dictate how our lives will play out in the future. I believe one of the most important choices we all make is whether...
    srfchopper srfchopper 56-60, M Feb 16

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    I am married and have a pretty wonderfully blessed life. My husband Adores me (even though sometimes I wonder why, because I am really crazy a lot), we have a great family support...
    KoukiKat4 KoukiKat4 18-21, F Feb 17