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Saying hello / ready for the next chapter: Healing

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Hello,

I wanted to say hello and introduce myself - I'm honestly struggling with what to write because I guess I'm not quite sure how to introduce myself! I am a survivor, in many forms, just like all of you. I have been in therapy since I was 19 and am so grateful to still have the same therapist 11 years later. I thought that I was really healing and doing great (killing it in therapy!) until this last November, a new childhood trauma came to surface from memory and to put it lightly, it took over my life. I know now that it revealed itself because my mind and body knew I was ready for it and it was time. It has resulted in my needing to sever ties with a close family member and to maintain strong boundaries so that I can function on a daily basis and try to work through this which has resulted in a loss of support system during a time of big and stressful transitions. I see now that I will be able to feel like I am part of a community here in After Silence and I am grateful to be able to write this message at all. I look forward to sharing my story and to reading others' stories. I have always felt so alone in my struggles and the things I've faced and I hope to find peace and community so that I can continue to heal in hopes that one day, I will be able to help others as well. I am stepping into a huge next chapter in my life right now in other ways and I now see that healing will ultimately be the core of that journey.

Thank you for being here. I really need this and I am grateful to be a part of it. 

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Dear sunflower

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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4 hours ago, sunflowersforme said:

Hello,

I wanted to say hello and introduce myself - I'm honestly struggling with what to write because I guess I'm not quite sure how to introduce myself! I am a survivor, in many forms, just like all of you. I have been in therapy since I was 19 and am so grateful to still have the same therapist 11 years later. I thought that I was really healing and doing great (killing it in therapy!) until this last November, a new childhood trauma came to surface from memory and to put it lightly, it took over my life. I know now that it revealed itself because my mind and body knew I was ready for it and it was time. It has resulted in my needing to sever ties with a close family member and to maintain strong boundaries so that I can function on a daily basis and try to work through this which has resulted in a loss of support system during a time of big and stressful transitions. I see now that I will be able to feel like I am part of a community here in After Silence and I am grateful to be able to write this message at all. I look forward to sharing my story and to reading others' stories. I have always felt so alone in my struggles and the things I've faced and I hope to find peace and community so that I can continue to heal in hopes that one day, I will be able to help others as well. I am stepping into a huge next chapter in my life right now in other ways and I now see that healing will ultimately be the core of that journey.

Thank you for being here. I really need this and I am grateful to be a part of it. 

Hello sunflowersforme 🌻 and welcome to After Silence! :flowers:

First off, I want to say that I believe your story, sympathize with you and am deeply sorry about your trauma. 

Having a functional professional help is important, so I am happy you have positive experiences about it. I am also happy to hear that you have decided to share your story and want to take part of others. You are right, our brain often decides to reveal suppressed memories when we actually are ready, even if we might not always feel that way.

This is a safe place to exchange support and experiences, with very kind and understanding members. After Silence is here for you both for the processing of your past and when facing your upcoming changes. 

Take care! 

- Wanna ☀️

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Hello sunflowersforme,

Welcome to AfterSilence. I am very sorry for the traumas you have endured and the struggles you have faced. It is never fair for anyone to hurt another like this and I do hope you know none of it is your fault. It is good that you have a good relationship with your therapist and she has helped you with some of your trauma, including this new one to pop up last year. It is very brave to sever ties and enforce strong boundaries. You are important and your healing process is important. I know it probably wasn't easy, but good for you for thinking of your mental health first.

You will find a lot of support here by our understanding and kind members. You are not alone. Wishing you step after step forward as you move down your path of healing.

Mary

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Welcome @sunflowersforme 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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