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I just wanted to introduce myself and say Hi to everyone :hi:

I am 27 years old and just starting to work through everything that has happened to me!

I am currently going to a therapist and we are working through the book courage to heal, lately I have been very depressed even though I am taking medicine. It has been six years since I was raped and I managed to bury it all down, pretending that it never happened. Two years after it happened I started having panic attacks and black outs. Needless to say I have found that it is not heathy or safe to bury things no matter how bad we want to. I have found it very hard to talk about what happened to me and I really haven't dealt with all of what did happen to me. I just want to be able to talk with those who have been through the same thing and maybe be able to help someone else in some small way..

I am very thankful for this group! Thanks so much

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I buried what happened to me for many years as well, you're right, it only does more damage. I found that I couldn't deal with it all at once, nor did I want to. I dealt with what happened physically first. It was 8 years after the rape before I could admit to being scared, feelings were the hardest. Take your time. Everyone heals differently. This site is supportive and we're all here for you when you need it.

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Sakotta I LOVE that book. It saved my life. I used it at a time when no one knew what had happened to me. I bought it 13 years ago, and even now I bring it with me when I leave my home for more than 2 days.

It's just been a safe book/friend for me. It's funny I go weeks months and even years at times, without reading it. Just knowing that it's filled with peolple who understand what I'm going through has meant the world to me. However, NOW I HAVE this site where I can actually talk and converse with people. AS rocks.

Keep working with your therapist AND be patient with yourself.

I'm here if you need me. :hug:

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