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  1. While in between chaos, moves and chronic illness management, I managed a few positive things. She is a rescue. Oh the irony.
  2. Hi @DiiO Those feelings are absolutely real. I'd like to lend you a bit of hope and support! My little "Sis" struggles with what we chose to call despair. I asked her if she would be interested in tracking her overall day-to-day emotions with either a grading system of 1-3 or app. "1" being an overall crud day with "3" being the top end... after gathering data over time were able to find a trend. This alleviated a ton of pressure to the point she is having more "2" days than not. Middle ground is simply okay. Would something like this help you see progress? It's pretty easy. Thanks and "keep going! I'll cheer you on!"
  3. @CosmicDaze333 I'm available to chat or through messaging here should you like to reach out. ::Safe Hugs:: "Keep going! I'll cheer you on!"
  4. Welcome @DiiO to AS and I'd like to acknowledge what you went through to find us. Feel free to PM/DM if you have any questions or if you'd just like to chat. As Mary wrote, "You CAN Heal" and there is a lot of support! 2Siamese
  5. @Running Welcome Thanks for being here. I'd like to acknowledge what you went through that brought you here is never easy. It is scary at first! Agreed. Once you have experienced rejection everywhere else like most of us have even in medical facilities being mishandled... then you find AS genuinely safe and welcoming... it gets much easier indeed. You're accepted as well as always welcome. Thank you for braving that first big step. :: Safe Hugs :: 2Siamese "Keep going! I'll cheer you on!"
  6. Hi @CosmicDaze333 and welcome to AS. You'll find resources and support with safety in mind and as others have reiterated... kindness and dignity. Your trauma is being validated and let any of us know if you need assistance.
  7. Welcome @Arabellachristie I am a survivor of CSA and there were never the level of supportive persons until I found AS. Most were interested in research but never the end-to-end individualized listening to YOUR story. If and when you come to a point of telling your story of trauma, you will have loads of genuine support. It is difficult to open up and what you are doing is very brave indeed. Should you need a chat partner, I see lots of offers here reaching out when you are ready! WELCOME
  8. @Capulet BRAVE! I worked with D/HoH community and have been given insightful education as well as assistive technologies that help with challenges. Too often the 'ableist' crowd gets the headlines/credibility. The real champions do not get the spotlight and well... you just added a floodlight to how persons with disabilities (I call it different-abled) might be slighted, further debased and highly overlooked in communities involving SA investigations.
  9. Hi All It got terribly busy with advertising-related annual deadlines. This was my first time 'solo' taking flight with the previous Ad Queen who supported me through our annual directory rush. WHEW! It's over thankfully. We are a small demographic in this large metro area and most of our support related directly to community is done by volunteers. It's a labor of love and hardly work when the impacts over time help improve the lives of others. Most recently we were notified that area-wide we'd be collecting good 'wearables' in all sizes for refugee/immigrants. My background and 'people' know the horrors all too well of fleeing with nothing on your back and losing family members. I cannot honestly look the other way and be indifferent. That's not in my chemical make up to do so. Whether some call it 'empathetic' I think it is justified to plead for sane, safe and humane treatment of children. Helpless children who are traumatized and not large enough or mentally strong enough to withstand the harsh environment and lack of access to food/medical. Finally it will be an early evening for me. I'm generally not tired but this time the mental exhaustion matches the physical. It helps that I swam laps in the pool which increases my activity level and improves the rheumatoid. With that said... my mood improves as well! Shavua Tov! Make it a great and sweet week for all
  10. Hi @happykats and welcome to AS. I am sorry for what you went through and it is traumatic indeed when the feelings resurface. You have taken a courageous first step to a wonderful welcoming and supportive community. Please reach out via PM if you need help or just have questions navigating! Again welcome
  11. @cal Hopefully after you have read welcomes from others you will have a lessening sense of feeling alone or isolated. It is very brave of you to post an intro and I am truly sorry for what has brought you here. Perhaps a non-judgmental sense of community is what you require as you explore you own journey. There are so many wonderful people here who aren't dismissive, denigrating or otherwise judgmental. I hope you find a healing community with a commitment to getting you where you need to go. Thanks for being brave with that first post. It's hard. Keep going -- I'll cheer you on!
  12. @Hope49 Hi there! As a communications pro, this can obviously be intimidating but you're in an awesome space surrounded by like-minded individuals. You are also free to speak your mind about what happened to you. Truly sorry for what brought you here but I think you'll find a spectacularly humanizing community where you can relate and heal. Keep going! I'll cheer you on and look forward to your next posts when you feel comfortable doing so. WELCOME!
  13. Hi @Unl0v3d just want to acknowledge your posts and understandably we realize "life has no undo button". You should be free of repercussions or retaliative behavior here and wanted to introduce you to a safe and accommodating space! It's all good. We get up back again and lift others up. WELCOME! Keep going 'cause I'll cheer you on.
  14. @Leda It is never easy reaching out... until you meet this awesome crew of people that are not only welcoming, but healthy in every aspects. I am sorry for what brought you here but am happy that you feel confident to reach out! It's never okay to be assaulted anywhere or even your workplace. May you find solace and support within our healthy community to bring you a bit of peace. Tell your story in your own terms. We'll hold your hand while you do. In love + light... "2 Siamese"
  15. I had a crazy busy and I mean... difficult challenge looming for a few months. Thankfully, the honesty I met is that I was certainly never alone. We were "studying a foreign ancient language" and needed to be able to do this as women in front of a crowd. Never intimidating. (*coughs*) Congratulations to every one of the six that went through class and made it. OMG it was a nerve-wracking orientation over two days but I am so proud of every single one of us! We might be older than thirteen, but we are certainly more stubborn and I appreciate the opportunity. Love you all! Keep going ~ 'cause I am going to cheer you on.
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