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Hi, I am new here..... I am hoping to continue my healing process by understanding that I am not alone. I've struggled for so long and tried many times to allow myself to heal but I've always gotten to a point where it's too hard to continue and I slide backwards. This time I have looked back and all I see is what I have missed and how unhappy I have been over the last 39 yrs and I realized that 40 yrs from now I don't want to feel like I've wasted my life hanging on to something that happened when I was 5yrs old. I have an amazing counselor that asked me....  " Do you want to look back and see that you only gave your husband 1/2 of you?" This one question really opened my eye's!! I now want help and I want to follow through to the end; no more quitting 🙂 

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Hi swthrt1977 and welcome.

I am sorry for what happened to you when you were so young. It was so unfair and undeserved. You have found a wonderful community filled with many supportive and understanding members. You are not alone. 

My experience seems similar to yours and it took me many years to acknowledge why I was the way I was. Acknowledging trauma is such an important step. Doing something about it, is even a greater step.  It takes courage to reach out, whether by T or by community of other survivors, so appreciate that in yourself. It is courage, and you have it!

Feel free to look around our site and jump in where you feel comfortable. I wish you many, many more forward steps as you continue this often winding path that we call healing. 




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Hi!  I am new here also.  I'm so sorry for what you experienced as a 5 year old.  ❤️      I know how hard it is to reach for help and how much healing you can get from having a forum like this where you can speak your truth.  You are definitely not alone.  My trauma happened more 45 years ago and I have just recently started dealing with the PTSD from it.  It's never too late!  I wish you all the best and a wonderful future life.

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Welcome! I'm so sorry for what happened to bring you here. I'm new too here too, and new to trying to deal with old things as well. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to confront and I understand and hope things get easier for you. :)

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Dear swthrt

Welcome to After Silence.  I am sorry to hear of the trauma you have been through!


Being here has helped me so much.   Everyone is so caring and supportive here.  I am proud of you for reaching out.  I know that is hard to do.  I also know that you will find that needed compassion and support here within our community.  Know we are here for you and we will listen whenever you would like to lean on us.    


Take care and please do not hesitate to ask for any help if you ever need it.  

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Welcome @swthrt1977 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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