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MeBeMary

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  1. Hi OceanView (I like the user name you've chosen 😊 ) Welcome to AfterSilence. I am very sorry for what you've been thru and the struggles you are facing. Abuse is undeserved and unfair. I am glad you have found us tho, and do know this is a very supportive community. Our members are understanding and kind. You are free to talk about whatever you are comfortable and are correct, pressure NOT included. It is a shame-free environment and we don't see you as ungrateful. It is a relief to all of us to have such a safe place and feel included...which you are. Take your time and look around
  2. Hi there, Oneofthosedays and welcome. I am very sorry for the abusive experiences you have got thru, but do know you have found a truly supportive community. The members here are understanding and kind. You will never have to fear that this is too much for us to hear, as we all know that sometimes we need to express ourselves, ask questions, need support and try to process what we have been thru. We are here for you and hope you come to feel that you are a part of this community. Feel free to look around the site and interact where and when you are most comfortable. I am glad you de
  3. Hi sappy321. Welcome to AfterSilence. I am very sorry for all you've been thru. It was unfair and undeserved. For many of us, it does take time to acknowledge our truth, but it is a strong step forward to do so. Know you are not alone. This community is filled with supportive and understanding members. We are here for one another and now we are here for you too! So welcome. Feel free to look around the site and jump in when you feel ready. I wish you many steps forward as you begin this path of healing. Mary
  4. Hi there, herstardusteyes. Welcome to AfterSilence. I am very sorry for what you've been thru, but you have indeed found a supportive site. Our members are understanding and kind. I believe you will find this a safe and healing place to be. I thought your photo was of Jane Lynch. I am only familiar with her from Glee, but what a character in that show she was. She really stood out with such a great performance. Dare I say iconic performance? Anyway, I am glad that you have found us and decided to reach out. Feel free to look about and interact when you are ready. Do know you a
  5. Hi JustNotMe, First of all...no. It is not your fault. There is NEVER a valid or moral reason for someone to hurt another like this. It is NEVER deserved and NEVER fair. I do welcome you to our community. You are welcome here and we support you. Your feelings and thoughts are unfortunately normal. So many of us blame ourselves or wonder what we did wrong. But there is nothing that will ever justify abuse of any sort. Reaching out here, I do hope you will begin to see that it's not. You will see that you relate in struggles of all kinds with others. You are not alone. Plea
  6. Hi Purpletulip, Welcome to AfterSilence. I am very sorry for the trauma that you've experienced, but be assured that you have found a very supportive site. Our members are understanding and kind. Feel free to look around and your own pace, no pressure. We are here for you on your time table. I am glad that you have found our community and decided to join. I wish you the best as you continue down the path in your healing. Mary
  7. Hi justwanttoheal and welcome. I am very sorry for the reasons that bring you here, but do know that you have found a community filled with understanding and supportive members. You are not alone. I know it takes courage to reach out...so kudos for making this big step! Feel free to look around the community and jump in when and where it is most comfortable for you. There is no pressure. I wish you many steps forward as you move down this path we call healing. Mary
  8. Hi there, CupcakesAreGreat and welcome! I'm very sorry for what has brought you here, but do know that you will find tons of support. Our members are very understanding and kind. Feel free to look around and jump in when you feel comfortable in doing so. The great thing about this place, there is no pressure at all. It's a safe and healthy place to continue your journey of healing. I wish you the best! Mary
  9. Today is 9/11. It is hard to believe 20 years have gone past since that day. I wanted to a pay a small tribute to all those lost and all those still effected by that tragic day. 

    I have two personal connections to people who had it effected them a great deal. One friend lost a friend at the twin towers. Another friend (and former member) was a first responder. 

    :candle:

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    1. Capulet

      Capulet

      :candle: Thank you, Mary, this is a good idea. ❤️ 

      I remember seeing the smoke from my back yard, the feeling of pure terror as the gravity of the situation sank in.  I lost a classmate (a rookie firefighter who was just 22 years old when he lost his life) and a friend of mine lost her husband.  Another gal I went to High School with was a first responder and though she survived the initial event, she passed away a few years ago from cancer that was caused by 9/11.  

      We will never, NEVER forget.  

      RIP to MC, KK, and LR, as well as to all of the heroes who literally gave everything. 

    2. mini.finch

      mini.finch

      Such a sad day. I was in middle school, in history class when it happened. Later, I had music class, and my teacher's husband was there in NYC when it happened. Luckily he was safe. but she was so scared the entire time.

      Rest in peace to all those who lost their lives on this day...:candle:

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  10. Hello Sunshine and welcome. I am very sorry for the circumstances that bring you here, but you have found a very supportive site. This community is filled with understanding and kind members. You are not alone. I'm glad you have found us and decided to reach out. Feel free to look around the site. When you are ready, feel free to interact with others or post your own postings. Take it at your own pace, but know we are here for you. I wish you well as you continue down this path we call healing. Mary
  11. Hello @Rot_hither and welcome. I'm sorry for what you've been thru, but do know this is a very supportive site. You are not alone. Feel free to look around and interact where you are comfortable. Reaching out is such a big step. I wish you many more on this journey of healing. Mary
  12. Hello and welcome, Pie. I am sorry you have reason to be here, but glad you finally feel ready to introduce yourself. There is never a set time to interact, so even if it's been awhile since you have joined, I'm glad you remembered you can use this community as a support resource. We are here for you and if you have looked around already, you know that the members here are understanding and kind. What happened to you was very wrong and unfair. Your ex hurt you and betrayed you and it was so undeserved. Please know that many of us are like you and have not gone to the police. It is
  13. Hi O and welcome to the community. I am very sorry you've been thru trauma, but do know you've found a very supportive site. Our members are very understanding and kind. You are not alone. The best way to start is typically by looking around and reading. Interact when you are comfortable and post when you need to. There is pressure on how and when to start, but viewing the different forums I do think helps. I am glad you decided to reach out. I wish you the very best as you begin this journey we call healing. Mary
  14. Hi Pink Sky, Welcome to the community! I am very sorry there is reason for you to be here, yet happy that you found us and decided to join us. There are many supportive and understanding members here and you are not alone. I can understand the repressed memories and tho we don't understand exactly how, the brain does try to protect us. This can be very confusing, because you are absolutely right when you say that there have always been an enormous affect from that trauma. Connecting the dots can be unsettling, yet we can do what we need to and now try to face it. It's not easy, but h
  15. Hi there Nicky, Welcome to AfterSilence. I am very sorry for all you've been thru and the struggles that you still face. It is so unfair that the struggles last long after the trauma itself. You will find tons of support here, as our members truly are understanding and kind. You are not alone. I am glad you remembered us. You may have needed time to try out a support community, but remembering we were here...when you were ready for it...is truly a wonderful forward step. Healing is a journey that we take in our own time and at a pace we can deal with. So remember this, as you look ar
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