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  1. Hi, @StarryEyes - Welcome to After Silence! I hope you're enjoying the site so far. I know trauma is so hard to deal with so I'm hoping you can find some peace and haling here. We are here to help you and support you! If you need anything at all, please feel free to reach out to me - I'm around! Wishing you the best, Poppy
  2. Hi, @RemiRae28 - Welcome to After Silence! I'm sorry you're dealing with so much right now. Unfortunately, I understand exactly how you feel. I had a lot of people quit on me because I was "too much" and everyone kept telling me to go to therapy. It felt like I wasn't worth anyone's time and I was being thrown aside....like I was beyond help. This was especially true when i was a senior in High School so I can relate a lot to how you're feeling! Just know that no one here will ever think you are "too much" or that you're not worth our time. You are valued and we are here to support you in your healing! It's one thousand percent okay if you're not ready to share your story yet. There's absolutely no pressure to share anything that you don't want to share! Take your time getting comfortable and share whatever you want whenever you feel you want to. There's no time frame If you need anything, please feel free to reach out to me any time! Wishing you the best, Poppy
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    Hi, @pink98 - Welcome to After Silence! I'm so sorry for the abuse you're enduring. I hope that you are able to look at some of the wonderful resources that 8888 mentioned and find some help. We are of course here to help you as well! But I'm hoping a more concrete resource can help you get out of your current situation. We are all here supporting you and backing you up! Wishing you the best, Poppy
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    Hi, @Bekah26 - Welcome to After Silence! I'm sorry you're struggling so much right now, but I hope after joining this site you will start to feel the love and support of everyone here and things will begin to get easier for you. I'm here if you ever need anything! Warm welcome, Poppy
  5. Hi, @Lonelygirl13 - Welcome to After Silence! I'm sorry you were assaulted and you're struggling. There are plenty of people here that have been through similar things and will share their experiences too. There are a lot of different boards that have information about different things you could be struggling with. You can see what others have posted that have helped them or you can always make your own posts to ask specific questions or ask for support with what you're dealing with. If you have any questions about the site or need help with anything, please let me know! I'm here any time. Warm welcome, Poppy
  6. I’ve started this blog about 26 times. Each time I start, I delete it because it doesn’t feel right. Usually when I write, I know what direction I want to go in or I know what’s been on my mind lately and I have somewhat of a plan as to what I want to talk about. For the past week, that hasn’t been the case. I’ve had several thoughts come and go and I’ve tried to form THIS thought several times and it hasn’t worked out. I guess part of me just doesn’t understand why I want to blog about this - it isn’t supposed to be talked about. But, alas, here I am. The first time I remember trying to lose weight, I was 12 years old. I remember weighing myself and realizing I had lost 12 pounds. I was down to 122 pounds and I was thrilled. I was in the store with my dad and I told him how much weight I had lost. He congratulated me, and then told me to keep at it so I could lose more. I think that was the first time I felt like there was something wrong with me. For 12-year-old me, 12 pounds was a lot and weighing 122 pounds was incredible. I was proud. But, my father was right. 12 pounds wasn’t enough and 122 pounds wasn’t small enough for his 12-year-old, 5’3” daughter. I didn’t hold on to that though. I didn’t obsess on it or change my life because of it. I didn’t do anything to try harder to lose weight, but I never forgot what he said. After all, my younger sister was 5’7” and weighed less than me. She’s always been tall with a slim frame and a confidence I’ve never had. She’s always been the pretty one. As I got older, I realized that I was being surpassed by my younger sister. More boys were interested in her and she had more friends than me. My dad liked her more because she was thin and was a good representation of the family. I wasn’t. I was a disappointment because I’m shorter and I’m bigger than she is. I probably always will be. When I was about 15, I started restricting calories. For me, it was more so that I would fast and not eat anything for as long as I could. I didn’t REALLY calorie count, I just tried to not eat. That would work for a while but eventually I would get too hungry and I would submerge myself in piles of unhealthy food and sugar. There was no balance. I would either eat everything in sight, or I would eat nothing at all. So, guess what happened? The scale didn’t budge. I would also forget to weigh so my check-ins would be sporadic. I was never pleased with the results. It was around this time that I met someone in an online community that was bulimic. I had never tried to make myself throw up and it was something I never DREAMED that I would do. I hated throwing up – why would I MAKE myself do that intentionally? Exactly. I wouldn’t. But the more I talked to the girl, the more curious I got. The deeper I dove into the community of disordered eating, the more intrigued I was. I didn’t know that my curiosity would lead me to a slippery slope that I would not come back from. I remember one day in particular. At this point, I had tried to purge a few times with no success. I couldn’t get any food up. I would just gag and spit until I was tired. I knew the friend I had made knew how to do it, so I asked her. I told her I was having no success and I needed her help. For the life of me, I don’t know why she helped me. Maybe we were too young to think about damaging each other? Maybe she didn’t want to be alone in it? I don’t know. But she helped me. She told me how to do it. I was going to type out what she told me, but in the interest of not teaching a reader how to purge, I’ve decided not to. That day, we went to Chick-fil-A. As I was trying to lose weight, I got a grilled chicken wrap instead of a sandwich and fries. I ate it and decided I was going to use the new tricks I learned to get rid of it after eating. It worked. It hurt, I didn’t get it all up, and I had scratched the back of my throat in the process. Was it really worth it? No. Did I keep doing it? Absolutely. This went on for a while and I eventually stopped. I decided I didn’t want to do that anymore. I kept up with that for maybe a year or two with just a few relapses in between. The next time it got bad, I was 17 – almost 18. Each time I went back to these behaviors, the worse it got. This time, it was a mixture of both restricting and purging. I would go as long as I could without eating, then, when I had to, I would eat and throw it up. During this time, I once went 3 days without eating. I was sitting in my first class for the day and I knew I was about to pass out. I started to panic and I didn’t know what to do, I just knew I didn’t want to pass out in class. I walked to the teacher’s desk and asked if I could go see the nurse and told her I felt like I was going to pass out. I made my way to the nurse’s office and by the time I got there, most of my symptoms had died down. I went ahead and told her how I was feeling and they did some tests. I offered up the information about not eating because I knew I needed to eat or this would happen again. That was the first time I was lectured about eating. The nurse threatened to call my mother and I asked her not to. I told her I had just been busy with the school musical and had been forgetting to eat. I told her I wasn’t thinking about it. She made me stay there and eat yogurt with berries and granola. I don’t know if you’ve ever gone that long without eating, but the first time eating after 3 days is very hard. It’s hard to stomach much of anything. I ate less than half of the yogurt and told her I was done. I physically couldn’t eat any more. She told me I needed to keep eating and I told her I couldn’t. She eventually let me go without finishing it. I knew from then on that I had to be more careful. When I returned to class, my teacher asked what happened and I told her. She had protein bars in her desk and gave me one. She told me to eat it in my next class and to keep eating small amounts throughout the day. I took the protein bar, but I didn’t eat it in my next class. I shoved it in my bag to save it for the next time I felt like I was going to pass out so I wouldn’t have to go see the nurse again. I had to keep this a secret if I was going to keep going. I don’t remember how long that cycle went on for. I don’t know when I started eating normally again. I do know that when I was 19, it happened again. Another cycle of the same thing. Restricting and purging. Only this time, it was even worse. I wasn’t keeping any food down and I barely ate anything outside of protein shakes and smoothies. I was dropping weight too. I was down to the smallest size I had been in years. This time I didn’t stop on my own accord – I was forced. It was also during this time that I was diagnosed with Bulimia. I never thought I was “sick enough” to have an eating disorder. I thought I was just trying to lose weight. It was normal. The time following my diagnosis, I was in denial. I stayed in denial for a long time. Even now, I don’t really think I’ve ever been sick enough to have an eating disorder. I know what my doctor and therapist said, I just don’t agree. I could’ve stopped if I wanted to. But that time, I was FORCED to stop. I had opened up to someone I was close to and she knew about my eating habits. She would check in on me all the time. I got texts all throughout the week from her asking if I had eaten, if I had purged, telling me to drink water or eat a snack. Truth is, if she told me to eat something and not purge it, I would do as she said. I don’t know why, but I listened to her. Eventually, I stopped purging altogether. I had gone over a month eating regularly and not purging my food. This is when she decided to tell my mother what was going on. Yes, I was 19, but I still lived at home and still followed their rules. When she told my mom, I was so heartbroken. I had trusted her with my most intimate secrets, and she helped me to get better, and then when I was doing fine, she ruined my life. My mother cared, but not in the way you think. She was angry. She said that I was lying - that I was making it all up for attention. She didn’t believe that anything was wrong. She yelled and got mad because I had ruined the image of our perfect family. I was an embarrassment. After that, I had to stop purging. I knew my mom might be paying more attention now and I couldn’t chance it. Since then, I’ve struggled and relapsed, but never to that extent. Not until now. Even now, it’s different. I’m not purging anymore, and I AM eating. I’m just counting calories. People count calories all the time to lose weight so this is nothing out of the ordinary. Well, that’s what I tell myself, anyway. The problem here is that I’m limiting myself to an average of about 500 calories per day. When I started, I just wanted to keep it under 1000, but as this has progressed, I’ve dropped it down to where I want to stay around the 500 mark. Some days are higher, some are lower, but it averages out to be right about 500. Apparently, that’s not healthy. I think part of me KNOWS this isn’t healthy and I KNOW it’s wrong. The side effects suck and I WANT to eat, I really do. I just can’t. Any time I get close, there’s something that stops me. The longer I go doing this, the easier it gets. I know that’s a terrible thing to say, but it’s true. As I sit here typing this, my stomach is empty and demanding food. I just don’t know what to give it. I daydream about eating a nice warm meal and feeling full, but when I think about the reality of it – the thought that I could actually eat – I suddenly don’t want those things. I feel like I’ve disappointed so many people already because of this. I’ve ruined relationships because I just can’t eat. I know that sounds dramatic but it’s true. My own therapist doesn’t even know how to help me. She’s just throwing her hands up. She cut my last session short because she didn’t know what to say or how to help and now, I’m not seeing her this week. Why? Because she doesn’t know how to help me. I’m BEYOND repair. I’m hopeless. Another one… I have a friend that won’t talk to me about food anymore. I understand her reasoning – I’m not listening to her. She tells me that I don’t need to do it, that it’s not healthy. She gives me fact after fact about how dangerous this is, but I don’t listen. No one can change my mind at this point. So, I know why she won’t talk to me about it. It just sucks because the food consumes my thoughts and that’s what’s going on in my life right now and I can’t talk to anyone about it. I’m completely alone in this and it’s my own fault. My other T made me sign a paper that said I would eat 1500 calories per day and I haven’t done it. I haven’t even gotten close. I think I’m seeing him again this weekend and he will probably ask to see my food long and I don’t know what he’s going to do. He might give up on me too. I wouldn’t blame him if he did. I know it has to be frustrating for me to never listen to what I’m being told…this is just SO hard for me. It’s to the point that food is actually scary to me. How crazy does that sound? I just don’t know what to do anymore. I’ve gotten myself stuck here and I don’t know the way out. I don’t know why I’m writing this blog. I don’t see the point, really. I guess I just wanted to get it out in the open. It seems that the more I keep this stuff secret, the worse it gets. Maybe writing this all out will help me to realize how bad things are getting and maybe I can convince myself to stop before it’s too late. I don’t know… maybe it’s already too late. Anyway, I suppose I’ll close this out by saying that I’m okay. I’m doing just fine! I’m just a bit overwhelmed, but I’m going to be okay. I appreciate all the love and support I have received here – you are all truly a blessing. It’s nice and snowy here so I’m going to bundle up and get cozy! I’ll be back soon, I’m sure. Loves and hugs, Poppy
  7. Hi, @PrettyPeony - Welcome to After Silence! I'm sorry you're struggling so much right now, but you've come to a good place to gain support. I understand the nerves, but just know that we are all here for similar reasons and we all get and give support here. No need to be nervous! This is a safe space. I'm sorry about the recent traumatic incident that is causing you so much distress. I know how hard it is to have to live with this kind of stuff. Just know that if you start struggling again, you can always reach out here to gain some support I hope you're being made to feel welcome here! If you need anything at all, my inbox is always open to you. I'm here! Hugs if you want them, Poppy
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    Hi, @SadQueen - Welcome to After Silence! I'm so sorry you're hurting right now and you've been through such difficult trauma. You are definitely not alone here and we all understand how hard this is to go through. I hope you'll post on the boards when you're ready and get the support you need and desire. You deserve healing and you deserve happiness. I'm here supporting you through every step of your healing journey! If you need anything at all, feel free to send me a message. I'm always around! Best, Poppy
  9. Hi, @Cmw195 - Welcome to After Silence! I'm sorry for the trauma that brought you here, but I am glad you have found a safe space to share your experiences and get support I know how hard it is to reach out so I'm proud of you for doing so! It's nice to read about you and get to know you better. I hope you continue to look around the site and feel the warmth here! If you have any questions or need anything at all, I'm just a quick PM away All the best, Poppy
  10. Hi, @SnowOwl - Welcome to After Silence! Forums can be tricky when you first start using them, but it gets easier the more you do it. As you look around, it will help to kind of see how everyone uses them I'm sorry for the trauma you endured and for the way that boyfriend reacted when you told him - that's not okay. I know it's hard when you feel there's no one you can talk to and no one will understand. You've come to a good place to share your experiences and gain support! I'm hoping you will start feeling better after becoming a part of this community If you need help with the boards or anything else, please send me a message! I'm here for anything you need. Best wishes, Poppy
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    Hi, @caitlyn. - Welcome to After Silence! I'm sorry for what you're going through and your recent loss of control. I know how hard it is when you feel like you've made progress and then suddenly the rug is pulled out from under your feet and you feel you've lost everything. I'm glad you joined us here and I hope we can help you gain some perspective or some reassurance to get you through this hard time. If you need anything at all, feel free to reach out to me! I'll be around Wishing you the best, Poppy
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    Hi, @eitalianqueen - Welcome to After Silence! I'm sorry for the anniversary you're going through from your trauma. I know how hard anniversaries hit. I hope you're able to get some good support and make it through this okay! Feel free to post and reach out for additional support if you need to! Or you can always message me if you prefer one-on-one communication I'm here if you need anything! Sending you a warm welcome, Poppy
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  14. Hi, @cristina - Welcome to After Silence!! I'm so proud of you for working up the courage to make your first post - I know that isn't easy. I can confirm for sure that there are people here that will be able to relate to what you're going through. I am not in college, but I am college aged. I just dropped out right after my freshman year and I haven't gone back. So as far as school goes, I can't relate too much to that. On your age though, I can relate to that! I hope you enjoy posting and getting to know everyone here! I know you've been here for a while, but if you have any questions or need anything, I'm just a quick PM away Wishing you the best, Poppy
  15. Hi, @Maya20 - Welcome to After Silence!! I'm so sorry for all that you're going through right now. I am so proud of you for reaching out, though! That is such a difficult thing to do so good job for taking those steps. I agree that it's such a difficult thing to deal with because there aren't always people you can talk to. Just know that you can always talk here about anything you need to and we will all be here to listen and support you. I want to reiterate what @samantha2009 said - you ARE a survivor! If you need anything at all, please feel free to send me a message any time. I'm here whenever you need me! Hugs, Poppy
  16. Hi, @littleheartsmile - Welcome to After Silence! I'm sorry you're having such a hard time right now. Just recently, my T also mentioned that I had PTSD and it kind of took me by surprise because it wasn't something I had thought about before. Just know that you aren't alone here. We all understand how hard it is to live with trauma in your life! I hope that being here will help you to feel less alone and you will get the support you deserve. If you need anything at all, please feel free to shoot me a message! I'm always around and I'm here for you Sending happy thoughts, Poppy
  17. Hi, @Survive4 - Welcome to After Silence! I'm sorry for the trauma you endured that brought you here. Healing is difficult and I know how hard it is when you feel like you've made so much progress, just to find yourself taking steps backwards. Just know that you are not alone here and we all want to help you in your healing journey. I know your story will help others here! I'm glad your T recommended finding groups and you found yourself here If you need anything at all, just let me know! Wishing you all the best, Poppy
  18. Hi, @Regenboog - Welcome to After Silence! I know how you feel about joining the site. It's nice to meet other survivors and not feel alone, but you also wish that other people didn't have to go through what you went through so you don't want to say it makes you happy.. I totally get what you mean! I feel the same way Hopefully you'll find some good support here and help with your PTSD. I also play piano and sing so that's really cool! I'm also 22 so we are close in age as well I hope you're enjoying the site so far! If you need anything or have questions, feel free to let me know! I'm around all the time! Wishing you the best, Poppy
  19. Hi, @khake - Welcome to After Silence! I'm sorry about the things you're uncovering in EMDR. I also do EMDR and I know how hard it is and how overwhelming it can be. I hope that you're able to work through these things with your T and gain additional support here to help you through this difficult time. What happened to you was not okay and was not your fault. Continue to look around the site and post when you feel ready. We are all here to support you If you need anything, let me know! Warm welcome, Poppy
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    Hi, @Dae - Welcome to After Silence! If you're looking or support, you've definitely come to the right place. As mentioned above, there are several forums on here when you can post and get support. There are always people that are here and willing to help! Hope this all works out for you. If you need anything, I'm just a shout away! Best wishes, Poppy
  21. Hi, @Navias85 - Welcome to After Silence! I'm so sorry for all of the things you've had to endure. I can personally relate to several of those things so I know how difficult it must be. I'm hoping that by coming here, you'll started to feel the welcome and love of this community and it will help you on your healing journey. I'm also sorry for the lost relationships - maybe you can build some new ones here There are a lot of stories and personal experiences here that I'm hoping will also help as you said reading survivor stories has helped before. If you need anything at all, feel free to reach out to me. I'm here for you! Happy thoughts, Poppy
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    Hi, @MeganMe - Welcome to After Silence!! I'm sorry you're struggling, but I, too, am hoping this site will help you with that. This site is support supportive and full of information and personal experiences that will hopefully help you in your journey of healing. Also, I think elephants are super cute Hope you're feeling welcome here! If you need anything, let me know! Hugs if you want them, Poppy
  23. Hi, @sunnyskies55 - Welcome to After Silence! I'm sorry about the trauma you endured 11 years ago and also that you had to see the perpetrator recently. I'm hoping you will find some good support and healing here If you need anything at all, please feel free to reach out to me! Wishing you the best, Poppy
  24. Hi, @MissTattoo - Welcome to After Silence!! I'm so sorry to hear about the circumstance that brought you here. I can't imagine how nervous and afraid you must be! If he does recognize the story, he has no right to slander you because you can always call him out for what he did. At the same time, that doesn't mean he WON'T say something either. If he DOES call you out though, he would have to admit that he recognized the story and confess that he did hurt you. So really, all of this would fall back on him not matter what he does. I hope he doesn't see it and try to retaliate. Just know that you have the right to share your story and HE will be the one that ends up hurt if he calls you out about it. I know this wasn't the best advice, but I'm hoping it helped in some way or another. If you need anything, feel free to send me a message! I can try to help talks things out with you if you need it I hope you're feeling encouraged! Wishing you all the best, Poppy
  25. HI, @AutumnLeaves8790 - Welcome to After Silence! I'm deeply sorry for all that you've had to endure in your life. It's truly heartbreaking to know how much people in this community have struggled. That being said, this is a great place for support. A lot of us have been in similar shoes and we understand the courage it takes to reach out here. I hope that you will continue to reach out so you can receive the support you need here. Feel free to take your time and post when you feel ready to do so If you need anything at all, please feel free to send me a message! I'm here all the time and I'd be happy to help and support you in any way I can! I hope you're feeling welcome here. Hugs if you want them, Poppy
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