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Alcohol Addiction

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My Life, Wasted

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Aaron's story:

Alcohol never forced itself into my hand. It never pushed its way down my throat. And it never asked to be abused by me. Those choices were all mine.

Alcoholic Parents

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Home Is Where The Harm Is

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Mike's story:

In grade three a friend told me, "I can't sleep over because my parents say your mom and dad are drunks." That was the moment it hit me: my family isn't normal.


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Just a Few More Pounds...

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Karen's story:

I began to equate love with being thin. Still, on the outside, I worked hard to make it look like I had it all together.


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My Mind is a Scary Place

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Hazelle's story:

In my imagination, I’ve been diagnosed, incarcerated, fired, divorced, and buried. My mind is a scary place to be sometimes.


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A Progressive Regression

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Shauna's story:

It wasn’t like my body crumbled at once. I didn’t suddenly lose movement in my fingers, toes, shoulders, elbows, spine, jaw, and knees. For me, it was a slow, painful progression of immobility.


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Lights, Chaos, Action!

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Bonnie's story:

I’ve always felt different from other people. I didn’t always know why I was different, or what I did that made me different — I still don’t realize it sometimes.

Being Single

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Alone, Everafter

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Tia's story:

Good things come to those who wait. At least, that’s what I’ve been told. But I’ve been waiting a long time. I don’t know when, or even if, I’ll find love. That’s the hardest part of being single.

Brain Aneurysm

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My Life On Hold

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Don's story:

I found myself in Emergency with a brain aneurysm. It took a huge toll on me physically and mentally. My family went through their own trauma as they watched me suffer.


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Living In Fear

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Claire's story:

I learned the language of silence. Keep your head down. Don’t say a word. Try to be invisible. Maybe if they forget you’re here it will stop. It didn’t stop.


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Too Much Of A Good Thing

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Debbie's story:

I know that taking care of myself – body, mind, soul and spirit - needs to be my first priority. I’m still on a journey to find balance in life.


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Nobody is Promised Tomorrow

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Mike's story:

Shortly after having my blood tested, a nurse called and said, "You have to come to Emergency right now." I soon learned I only had 3 to 6 months left.

Chronic Pain

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When Everything Hurts

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Anne-Marie's story:

I never know when it will hit me, nor why. Some days, I can do everything I have planned. I can even enjoy biking, hiking, or snowshoeing. But then, it hits me yet again.


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My Life Stopped

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Brett's story:

I’ve always been ambitious, motivated, and focused on success. Because of multiple head injuries I spent three years in bed.


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It's Payback Time

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Beth's story:

I was constantly spending more on things than I needed to. I felt trapped and unable to control my money. It was controlling me.


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Hello Darkness My Old Friend

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Tia's story:

I get trapped in this dark place where there’s nothing to do but sleep or cry until my head pounds. On those days, just getting out of bed is a triumph that I need to acknowledge.


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When Forever Ends

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Daniel's story:

The American dream was lining up for us. We were living the life. But there was still this unhappiness, like a buzz in the background that never went away.

Domestic Violence

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Living With The Enemy

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Caroline's story:

He used to lock me outside our house with no shoes or coat, rage at me for an hour or more, and make me doubt my sanity. When he hit me, it was the last straw.

Drug Addiction

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A Prescription For Failure

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Dave's story:

I was always counting down the days until I could get my prescription refilled. Eventually it came to the point where pills became the most important thing in my life.

Emotional Abandonment

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Nothing Left To Give

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Elma's story:

I needed him to listen and show that he cared about how I felt – to look me in the eyes and be present so I’d know he had my back. But this wasn't something he knew how to do.


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The Dad I Want To Be

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Richard's story:

Whole days can pass by without any heart-felt communication with my kids whatsoever.

Fear of Death

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The End

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Dennis's story:

At 63, I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, caused by a rare case of pneumonia that I never knew I had. My lungs were completely black. The situation was dire.

Fear of Failure

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I Just Can't

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Qing's story:

I didn’t even want to try taking a risk; defeat was unacceptable, shameful, and had consequences that affected everyone around you.

Financial Stress

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Pocket Strain

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Matt's story:

For many dark nights over the course of many months, I tossed and turned, consumed with anxiety by the state of our financial situation.

Food Addiction

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Hungry For Comfort

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Mary's story:

Anytime life got to be more than I could bear, I found comfort knowing food was available to me when I wanted it. I would eat even when I wasn’t hungry.


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All Bets Are Off

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Sandy's story:

My life spun out of control. I lost two homes and nearly lost my marriage because of my addiction.


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My Mom Should Be Here

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Hazelle's story:

This is one of the most painful realities of being the one left behind. From now on, they’re going to miss every birthday, every anniversary, every Christmas morning.

Identity Crisis

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That's Not Me Anymore

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Tia's story:

I would daydream about someone seeing my flaws and loving me anyway. It took me a long time to find my identity in something that goes beyond my skills or appearance.

Infant Death

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Incompatible With Life

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Serenity & Chris's story:

Our son Samuel was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 at twenty weeks gestation. We were told that this made him incompatible with life. We were given the option, but chose not to terminate.

Job Loss

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Your Services Are No Longer Required

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Claire's story:

I felt just about everything: anger, sadness, confusion, embarrassment. I remember saying it out loud: I just lost my job.


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Still Trying to Belong

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Denver's story:

There are people all around me, interacting with each other, having fun together: but I’m sitting here alone.


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Mourning Sickness

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Winsome's story:

“Your baby has not developed further.” This can’t be. It must be a mix-up. When would I wake up from this nightmare?

My Abortion

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The Mourning After

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Caramel's story:

It seemed like getting an abortion was the right thing to do at the time. I wasn’t prepared for the emotional whirlwind that came soon after.

My Husband's Drug Addiction

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The Consequences Of Recovery

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Deborah's story:

When he was late for work, when checks bounced, when he was caught in a lie, I blamed everything but the pills.

My Husband's Porn addiction

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Hardcore Betrayal

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Maureen's story:

Not only did it feel like he was somehow “cheating” on me with virtual images, but he had been living a lie, pretending to be someone he wasn’t.


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No More Dirty Looks

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Jeff's story:

The intimacy porn promised was proving to be an illusion. I was trapped, wanting the fix without the consequences – the pleasure without feeling ashamed.

Postpartum OCD

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What I Didn't Expect When I Was Expecting

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Cindy's story:

I lived in fear of myself, and when I looked at my son, I thought it was sad and strange that I had to include myself in the list of people he needed to be protected from.


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Too High a Price

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Kayla's story:

At first it was a game to us, a kind of joke. We made a lot of money, got drunk, did drugs. We thought it was fun. But it all escalated really quickly.


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Still Worthy of Love

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Tonia's story:

After swimming in a motel pool, a man followed up alongside me. "Just wanna walk you to your room, make sure everything's all safe for you." When it was over, he ran a bath for me. I was still in that cold water when they found me in the morning.


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Oversized Baggage

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Michael's story:

I couldn’t give her the life she wanted. Maybe I wasn’t such a great catch for her after all; my broken past and messy life were smothering her.

Sexual Abuse

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Hidden Things

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Maureen's story:

Soon after I turned 15, one night on the swings at the park, he kissed me for the first time. Then everything escalated.

Sexually Abused

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Recovering My Stolen Self

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Shane's story:

My past kept haunting me. I had to face the secret that was hidden deep inside my heart.

Single Fatherhood

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In Over My Head

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Matt's story:

All I wanted was to be a dad and to give my daughter the love and fatherly attention I never received from my own.

Single Motherhood

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I'm Mom Enough

Linda's story:

Sometimes my reality was working two jobs to make ends meet while I was raising my girls. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, and my ex told me he didn’t think I would.

Special Needs Children

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Longing For Normacy

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Judith's story:

There are days when I have a pity party for myself, when I mourn because I can’t have just one normal day.

Suicidal Child

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Every Mother's Nightmare

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Judith's story:

I felt like a failure as a mother. How could I have let my son become so depressed that he wanted to take his own life?

Suicidal Thoughts

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I Can't Live (Like This) Anymore

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Scott's story:

I felt totally alone and completely misunderstood. I thought the only way to numb the pain was to kill myself.


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Till Death Do Us Apart

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Veda's story:

Three years ago, my husband breathed his last breath. Then began the most difficult journey I’ve ever experienced: life without him.