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    Michigan, USA
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    Genealogy, Landscaping, Birds, Camping and Fishing (but I don't do much of anything really anymore)

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  1. hello

    Hi and welcome to AS. I'm so sorry for the trauma and for the resent loss of your husband. Safe hugs if ok
  2. grateful to find this site but anxious

    Welcome to AS! I'm sorry for what you've been through. It is isolating. I hope you find your way around the forums and find a way to heal. I wish you well.
  3. hi

    Hi! Welcome to AS! You can say as little or as much as you want. As @Hiddenstars said "Take your time and remember than your story is yours. You get to decide what you share."
  4. New here

    Welcome to AS! Don't feel silly. I wish you well on your journey of healing. You have already shown you have strength to move forward just by coming to AS. I hope you find the continued support you need to heal. Safe hugs if ok
  5. New

    Welcome to AS! I wish you well on your journey to heal, and AS is a great safe place to start.
  6. Saying hello

    I couldn't have said it better! @Sapphira Welcome to AS!
  7. New Member Saying Hello

    Welcome to AS!
  8. New

    I couldn't have said it better! Welcome to AS @ShiningLight!
  9. Giving this a try after a long time in private therapy

    Hi @jgb92660 Welcome to AS! I'm so sorry for the trauma you endured by a trusted family member. I know what that is like I am fairly new to AS as well and still just browse the forums trying to find my way. On where to start, browse the Rules and Guidelines. Read the "Abbreviations Commonly Used in AS" (it's pinned at the top of "Public Welcome"). Both "Share Your Story" and the chat function need at least 10 Posts from you in any other forum to be able to access them. People like to post in Humor and Silliness to sometimes get to 10 or just to meet people that are just silly or take their mind off of stuff. There are a lot of places you may or may not find that you fit in, not everyone's story is the same, but we can all relate. We are all victims of a horrible trauma and we are trying to help each other. Every one is safe here. I hope you find what you are looking for. Safe hugs if ok
  10. New Here

    Welcome to AS! I am sorry for the trauma you have gone through. Regardless of how long ago it was, it doesn't lessen the pain. I am still struggling with mine and it was over 40 years ago when the abuse started. I hope you find the answers you need to help you heal. I wish you well. Safe hugs if ok
  11. newbee :)

    Hi @Winnifred ! Welcome to AS! Sorry for the trauma you have gone through. I hope you'll browse around AS. The people here are very supportive and helpful. It's a safe place. Safe hugs if ok
  12. New Here

    @Ravenclaw_nerd Welcome to AS! I'm sorry about the conflict with your family. That can take a toll in your healing process, but don't let that get you down. You are not to blame. Safe hugs if ok
  13. A survivor handling the burden for 30 years

    @Hybrid0 I hope things will turn around for you. Recovery for me, and probably many others, is like a never-ending roller coaster ride. As for the kitten, she's always been an extension of my personality. I love music. When I'm at the computer, I always have my headset on haha (and sometimes singing and dancing in my chair, depending on the mood) The gif has the head bopping back and forth! Maybe you'll find something for your profile pic like that. I try to think of things that make me happy since I tend to be down most of the time too. That way, if I do come to the computer, I have something to make me smile.
  14. A survivor handling the burden for 30 years

    Welcome to AS! I to carried the secret for a long time (I was 25 when I told my husband and about 30 when I told my parents). It weighs a lot on a person. I am now 50, and I don't regret a single day of divulging the secret. I do have some "what ifs" because I wonder if certain things in life would have been different if I had just kept it to myself, but no regrets. I am still fairly new to the site and struggle with my trauma off and on. It got even more complicated for me later in life, but that's a different story. I still find myself browsing and reading other stories. I'm still trying to find my place. Browse the site, read and hopefully you'll find yourself on a path to healing soon. This site has great support. I wish you well. Safe hugs if ok
  15. Breaking my silence

    Welcome to AS! It sounds like you found your voice again and are finally able to face this head on. I am so happy for you! I wish you well on your journey to heal. Thank you for sharing and the support you'll be able to offer others. Safe hugs if ok