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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.
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As a teen, I realized that I could very easily have been aborted. I would never have known what it meant to build a sandcastle or smell a flower or listen to great music or have a good friend. I'd never have fallen in love. I started to rethink what my birth mother had done.
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I felt truly pretty for the first time in my life. Sunshine covered my world. Being with him made me feel great. But then things changed.
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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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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.
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My past kept haunting me. I had to face the secret that was hidden deep inside my heart.
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The intimacy porn promised was proving to be an illusion. I was trapped, wanting the fix without the consequences – the pleasure without feeling ashamed.
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I became a very quiet child, no longer the happy kid I used to be. I wanted answers. “Why did my mom leave me?” was all I could think about.
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“Your baby has not developed further.” This can’t be. It must be a mix-up. When would I wake up from this nightmare?
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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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It was the need for sex that prompted my reckless drinking. That way I wouldn’t remember the deplorable things I had done to gain the attention of a guy.
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I thought my parents would stay together until they died — you know, just like they promised in their vows.
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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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There are people all around me, interacting with each other, having fun together: but I’m sitting here alone.
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For many dark nights over the course of many months, I tossed and turned, consumed with anxiety by the state of our financial situation.
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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.
The residual effects of abortion can appear months, even years later.
It’s the sentence most parents of teens dread: ”Mom, Dad, I’m pregnant.” What do you do now?
Sexual abuse (definition): forcing you to do or see something of a sexual nature against your will.
The possible consequences of sex can be a source of fear.
I feel so betrayed by both of them. What should I do?
People are complex, broken beings; therefore, previous hurts, fears or losses can impede their determination to trust and/or be truthful in a relationship. But, people have the capacity and the ability to change and to grow in trust and truthfulness.
People can influence how we see ourselves. How much should others’ opinions matter? What happens when they begin to matter too much?
Here are 10 lessons I gained from reflecting on the past 10 years. I hope to help people struggling with mental illness, grief, depression, or any one of a multitude of losses.