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How Do I Come to Believe in My Worth?

As a child growing up with violence, chaos, incest, and rape, I had developed a distorted sense of self early on. Family members who were supposed to love, protect, and respect me, as well as the boys and men who had raped me, treated me in ways that caused me to question my worth as… Continue reading How Do I Come to Believe in My Worth?

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Discovering the Warrior Within

Looking back on all the trauma that I had experienced, I came to realize that, as a child, I had always been a warrior. I had always had an inner strength that got me through my ordeals. Many survivors have committed suicide because of their trauma. Many have become swallowed whole by alcohol and drugs,… Continue reading Discovering the Warrior Within

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Breaking the Silence

I had been forced to keep my childhood incest and rape traumas a secret due to the threat of physical violence and death. I had been forced to keep my rape in college a secret due to the threat of losing my scholarship. I had chosen not to seek justice for my rape at the… Continue reading Breaking the Silence

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Note to Survivors

Perhaps in reading my blog, you are taking the first step in your journey toward healing.  Perhaps you have been doing the work for years.  Wherever you are in your healing process, I hope that my words will empower you, will inspire you to never give up, and to never lose hope.  I want you… Continue reading Note to Survivors

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Fear of Failure: Do I Really Have Something Worthwhile to Share?

My critic voice is screaming, “What do you have to write about?  Why should anyone care about what you write?  YOU HAVE NOTHING OF VALUE TO SHARE!!! DON’T EVEN TRY – YOU’LL MAKE A FOOL OF YOURSELF!” Fear of failure is a HUGE issue for me.  Thoughts pummel my mind.  Thoughts like, “People are going… Continue reading Fear of Failure: Do I Really Have Something Worthwhile to Share?