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Hi everyone. It took me quite some time to make my way to this site. It wasn’t anything I’d ever head of until I did some of my own research because all the resources people gave me just didn’t seem to be what I needed. I’m hoping AS will be different and more beneficial to my healing.

I have had a long history with abuse, but nothing ever seemed too bad and unbearable until one instance 4 years ago. I will eventually post about that, but I’m not ready just yet. I got some help from a local organization and that support group saved my life. When I moved away, I was never able to find the same support as I had with those remarkable women.

Recently, I had a situation at work with my boss and going through all the trauma again made me realize I needed to reach out for support again. I have been healing for what feels like a long time and thought I was in a good place, but then when it happened AGAIN, I feel like I got sent soaring backwards.

That’s how I stumbled upon AS. I’m really hoping AS is what I need to start healing again. Because while this time wasn’t as bad as last time, it hit me harder and I’m feeling the weight of it more. Thank you for everything you do and thank you all for staying strong. We need to build off one another’s strength and we’ll get through this together.

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Dear isawabird

I would like to welcome you to After Silence's forums.  We are all here for you and want to support you in any way we can. I know that posting for the first time can be scary.  Please don't worry, though; you will always be given so much support from our lovely community and its members.  You're not alone - we are with you.

You will soon receive an official welcome message in your inbox.  Please feel free to respond to that PM if you have any questions about the forum or if you need some help finding your way around the site. 

Take care and keep reaching out!! 


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Hi @isawabird

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. This is a caring, supportive community and we are all here to help each other heal. The healing process is hard, but it can be a little easier when you have the support of people who have gone through similar experiences. Take some time looking around the site, and then feel free to jump in whenever you feel comfortable. There is no rush to share and you will never be asked to share anything you are not comfortable with. You are allowed to post as little or as much as you like. If you need any help with using the site, please don't be afraid to reach out. Wishing you the best. 

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@isawabird Welcome to AS! I’m pretty new here myself but everyone here has been absolutely amazing and supportive. I am so glad to have joined this community, it feels like a huge step forward, to be able to communicate with people who have similar experiences. I hope you find being here beneficial, wishing you well! 

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Hi isawabird,

Welcome to AfterSilence. I am very sorry for what you have been thru, but do know you will find amazing support here. This community is truly understanding. It is ok to take your time and find your comfort zone first. You will never be pressured to share more than you want and when you want. I am glad you found our site.

I'm sorry that your everything seem to resurface thru whatever you experienced with your boss. Even so, do not discount t he healing you have accomplished. It is the way healing works sometimes. You move forward, then hit a stumbling block. It is unfair, but is common. What you accomplished already tho, will help you as you try to move forward again. This time too, you are not alone. Many of us can relate and we are here for you.

I am glad you decided to join and I soon hope you see this as a positive step forward. I wish you many more steps forward on this path of healing.



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Welcome @isawabird 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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