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I Have Lived Through a Natural Disaster

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 47 People

    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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    Sunri Sunri 26-30 Feb 5, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am the most certain of the first time. - - Josh Billings
    expressomarkie expressomarkie 46-50, M Mar 10

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    Five Years and Two Summers In A Forgotten Corner of Southern Europe called FYROM- I was born on a military base near Adana,Turkey to an enlisted American mother and Macedonian...
    Srebro94 Srebro94 18-21, F Mar 5

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    I call the dark night of the soul a "winter period." This is when it is cold and barren outside in order for you to go within. To find the warmth, the oasis in the desert inside of...
    SatsangWithTathina SatsangWithTathina 26-30, F Mar 10

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    Yahallo!~ This is Lydia returning from It's-been-forever-Land! A lot has been going on lately. I have moved in with my new gf (a bit hasty I know but we were just so compatible). I...
    Lydia93 Lydia93 18-21, T 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I'm here without you baby But you're still on my lonely mind I think about you baby And I dream about you all the time
    gummball gummball 18-21, F Mar 21

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    is there any possibility you'll quit gossiping about me to hide your insecurities all you say is blah blah- "girls" marina and the diamonds
    A1133cat A1133cat 13-15, F Mar 21

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    me and hubs parked up in a car park in new brighton 1 night , we got a bit carried away and looked outside the car to find 5 men staring at us wanking i couldnt believe it when...
    domrep2 domrep2 31-35, F 1 Response a week ago

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    My mom and dad own their own business and basically can work where ever they want. So we live in the US six months of the year and Costa Rica the other six months.
    y2kgirl y2kgirl 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    It has been many years ago now. Who knows what truly happens between two people. .... Things change. But she told me that she loved me, then after some time together, then changed...
    paleryder paleryder 51-55, M Mar 16

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    [From pain to love and other ramblings] I never learned to read music. However, that does not stop me from sitting at a piano, and simply let my fingers dance over the keys and...
    Zarkus Zarkus 41-45, M 4 Responses Mar 8

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    While attending a workshop on suicide and loss, the speaker left such a profound impression when he explained the relationship between life and stress. "There is no such thing as...
    abcdefghisabelmnopqrst abcdefghisabelmnopqrst 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 22

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    In USA, everybody knows 9/11. Here in Japan, it is 3/11. The great earthquake (M9.1) that struck north 4 years ago. 18,500 people perished by the earthquake and the tsunami. Today...
    katsuobushi katsuobushi 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 11

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    My Continuation of my Trichotillomania Story: Part 2: Healing Journey… Out of the darkness into the sun… Breakaway…. Grew up in a small town And when the rain would fall...
    ninja5593 ninja5593 18-21, F Mar 20

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    I have just recently found out that I am pregnant. Yes, I am excited. But, I'm also terrified because of the havoc pregnancy is already wreaking on my fragile emotional state...
    whiskeyprincess37 whiskeyprincess37 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 5

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    First there was don't "Don't ask/don't tell." I lived through that and it was pretty ******. I'm fairly open about my sexuality now but for a long time I hid it. I'm curious how...
    delaney303 delaney303 26-30, M Mar 9

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    I feel like even though I am only young I have so much wisdom and advice for people. The life I have lived has been extrodinary by most peoples standards and I am just coming to...
    NotFromThere NotFromThere 31-35, F a week ago

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    so I went to Ihop today and the waiter mistakened me for a 10 year old because of my mini twists. she gave me a child coloring page.(???) the styles I have with my natural hair...
    tinalr tinalr 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 3

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    I am originally from Spain were I lived for 16 years and have a Spanish Accent but also I have lived in the UK for the last 19 years so I have picked up a bit of a English accent...
    louisetiger1 louisetiger1 31-35, F 10 Responses Mar 16

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    I've isolated myself, really, but that doesn't mean that I am not lonely. I am 30 and working mother of 2. When my daughter was born I changed my lifestyle and became an...
    whenyoucant whenyoucant 26-30, F Mar 14

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    I have lived in Okinawa,Japan, Hanau,Germany, and Osan, Korea. I have visited England, and Mexico as well.
    rita55 rita55 51-55, F 1 Response Mar 15

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    So I wrote on here about a little over a month ago. I have suffered through depersonalization since I was 18. I took this disorder as something I would never be able to overcome...
    katejen2 katejen2 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    I have lived for a long time by the X-Files motto: Trust No One. The minute I open open up...boom! Add one more regret to my extremely long list.
    notthis78 notthis78 36-40, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I've been dealing with this for over 10 years now, most of this time I have been in a dark hole. It went as far as me losing all hope and even forgetting who I am, who I used to be...
    lily449 lily449 18-21, F Mar 6

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    I've been dealing with this for over 10 years now, most of this time I have been in a dark hole. It went as far as me losing all hope and even forgetting who I am, who I used to be...
    lily449 lily449 18-21, F Mar 6

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    I've been dealing with this for over 10 years now, most of this time I have been in a dark hole. It went as far as me losing all hope and even forgetting who I am, who I used to be...
    lily449 lily449 18-21, F Mar 6

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    I'm no Angel,....... but I think I have one watching over me at times. Last summer it was in July sometime I was out riding my 10 speed mountain bike all around the trails we have...
    btiny13 btiny13 70+ Mar 15

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    I'm 29 and I was diagnosed with SOD when I was five. I'm blind in my right eye and just a bit near-sighted in my left and I have Growth Hormone deficiency. All this meant to me...
    dorkqueen23 dorkqueen23 26-30, F Mar 11

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    I want to share a big experience with people who have gone through similar experiences as me. I am 24 and have been seeing counsellers on and off since i was 18. after a lot of...
    yogihope yogihope 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 15

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    Dream 15/March/2015 I dreamt my boss was a dictator. Like Hitler. He even had a concentration camp. My boss is not a bad man in real life. I see him as father, and he has told me...
    LegionIscariot LegionIscariot 22-25, M Mar 15

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    I tried posting my story, but it has content included in it that violates community guidelines. In short, I have been through all facets of bullying/abuse/harassment. My advice to...
    darnaby darnaby 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 17