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Hi everyone, I found After Silence today, and I'm so glad to be here. I left an 8-year emotionally abusive relationship at the end of February and am working on coping with everything that comes along with that. From the bit of time I've spent looking around, this seems like a great place.

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Hi @madeline_h welcome :wave: 

Im sorry for what brings you here, but im glad you have found the site and I hope being here helps you on your healing journey.

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Hi, Madeline. I am so sorry to hear about your recent relationship. Emotional abuse can be just as bad and hard. Words can hurt just as much and last perhaps at times within someone even longer. You are brave and strong leaving the situation that was causing what seems like prolonged negative effects. It is not always easy changing what may be used to. That does not mean that change isn't for the best. There truly is so much to try figuring out and there's never really a general blueprint. That can make it seem even more overwhelming. Please be assured that you have found a community of gentle souls who in general may be able to relate and understand. My hope is that this brings you some sense of comfort and peace during this trying time.

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Hi @madeline_h

Welcome to AS.  I'm sorry for the trauma that brought you here, but I'm glad you found the site and decided to join. Leaving an emotionally abusive relationship is a big step. You should be proud of yourself for doing so, I know I am proud of you. Coping and healing can be tough, but you will get through it. We are all here to support you on this site throughout your healing journey. You are welcome to take a look around the site and then post whenever you feel comfortable. Wishing you all the best. 

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Welcome @madeline_h to After Silence.  I’m sorry for what brought you here but I’m happy you are here reaching out for support.   Good job taking this step in your healing process.  You are not alone and what happened to you wasn’t your fault.  Take your time exploring and post when you are ready.  If you have any questions feel free to message me. 

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Hi madeline_h,

Welcome to AfterSilence. I am very sorry for the reasons that brought you here, but you will mind much support. Leaving an abusive relationship can be very difficult and takes great strength. I am glad that you found it in you to leave. You will find this community filled with understanding and kind members. You are not alone.

Take your time and look around. Jump in where you feel comfortable. I wish you well as you take steps forward on your healing journey.

Mary

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Dear madaline_h

I am sorry for all that you have been through.   You have been so brave in reaching out to us, please know that this is never easy!   We are all here for you and we want to support you.  You're not alone in your healing journey and are always welcome to lean on us for extra support.  You can post as much or as little as you like.  We are here to support you in the way you need.  I have found this community to be very helpful.  Everyone is so understanding and non-judgmental and I am hoping you feel the same way once you've gotten to know us a little.   

All my best,
missfrier

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Reach out to me anytime you wish, via messenger on here. I think you and I are basically in the exact same situation, and can relay lots back and forth to each other, and support each other. 

So glad you're free of your abusive ex. 

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Hi @madeline_h

I have just been approved here today too. I'm sorry for what you've been through, I hope that this forum helps you. Well done for signing up, I'm sure it hasn't been an easy journey.

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Hi, @madeline_h - 

Welcome to After Silence! I'm so sorry to hear of the relationship you have recently left, but I am glad you were able to do so! I know that couldn't have been an easy thing for you to do. I hope you are feeling welcome here and maybe you have been able to connect with others that have been in similar situations. I know there's always lots of support around here and I know you're not alone :) 

If you need anything all, please don't hesitate to shoot me a message any time! I'm around all the time! 

Warmest welcome,
Poppy

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