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Hello all , my name is Iris , I've known about this forum for a while and now I am at the point I feel comfortable enough to engage. The summer is one of the hardest times of the year for me and hopefully talking about my triggers and story can help me cope better. 

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Welcome to AS, @irisbun! I'm glad you found your way here. :aswelcomesu: I'm sorry for what you've experienced, though, that's led you here. I'm also sorry that summer is the hardest time of the year for you...I can totally relate. Spring and summer for me are very triggering seasons. It really sucks. I'm hoping that your being here will help. You've definitely come to the right place. There's a lot of supportive and kind people here, all happy to help. Best wishes!


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@irisbun Hello and welcome to After Silence! I am Wanna :flowers:

I am happy you decided to give this forum a shot. Also, keep engaging at your own pace. This is a place to share, vent and relate. Our members form a wonderful support system. Summer can indeed be hard. We might experience "summertime sadness" for different reasons, but getting together and talk is a good initiative.

Generally, when we talk about our triggers and issues, it takes the edge off the topic a bit. 

I am sincerely sorry for your trauma and pain. Please know that it was not your fault, and that we believe you. After Silence is here for you! :supportu:

Remember that us staff always has doors open for any questions and thoughts. Please let us know if you'd need something. 

Wishing you the very best oupn your healing journey

- W ☀️

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Hello Iris and welcome!

I am very sorry for the trauma you have endured and the struggles you face. You have found a supportive site with many wonderfully supportive members. I am glad you feel comfortable enough reaching out. You are not alone.

Take your time and look around. When you are ready, interact where you feel comfortable. You will find many can relate to what you go thru. I wish you many, many forward steps as you travel down this tricky path we call healing. 



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Welcome @irisbun 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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Dear iris


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,




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I have to say , I have never had so many people show me so much support before... I am tearing up a bit just seeing how much people even people I barely know are willing to give me support. Thank you 

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10 hours ago, irisbun said:

I have to say , I have never had so many people show me so much support before... I am tearing up a bit just seeing how much people even people I barely know are willing to give me support. Thank you 

I'm glad you are already feeling the support and the acceptance. You are. I am very glad you found your way here and know how deserving of healing you really are. Sending safe hugs, if ok. :hug:  

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Hi, @irisbun - 

Welcome to After Silence! I'm so glad you've found us and I'm proud of you for making the first step to reach out and post! I know it can be intimidating, but I hope the response has been worth it :)  

I know summer is a hard time of year for me too, so I can certainly relate. I just want you to know that you're not alone and we are all supporting you on this journey! 

If you need anything, please feel free to reach out and let me know! I'll be around :throb:

Wishing you the best,

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