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1535 People face this too.
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.
5829 People face this too.
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.
10894 People face this too.
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.
36632 People face this too.
In my imagination, I’ve been diagnosed, incarcerated, fired, divorced, and buried. My mind is a scary place to be sometimes.
308 People face this too.
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.
1221 People face this too.
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.
480 People face this too.
There’s been such a huge loss. A large part of their soul was gutted when their family was ripped apart. It took me too long to truly understand the pain they had been through.
10655 People face this too.
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.
858 People face this too.
“You know mom, blood is thicker than water.” The words were biting, hard to receive. The undertone of my son's comment was clear: "you should have prioritized me above your new husband."
3042 People face this too.
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.
1577 People face this too.
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.
15312 People face this too.
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.
68 People face this too.
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.
1286 People face this too.
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.
637 People face this too.
I’ve always been ambitious, motivated, and focused on success. Because of multiple head injuries I spent three years in bed.
31 People face this too.
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.
794 People face this too.
I was constantly spending more on things than I needed to. I felt trapped and unable to control my money. It was controlling me.
26510 People face this too.
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.
21678 People face this too.
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.
3067 People face this too.
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.
111 People face this too.
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.
56799 People face this too.
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.
3939 People face this too.
Whole days can pass by without any heart-felt communication with my kids whatsoever.
164 People face this too.
Alone with my thoughts in solitary confinement, my worst fear was never seeing my daughter again. I didn’t want to be the father that my father was to me.
651 People face this too.
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.
572 People face this too.
I didn’t even want to try taking a risk; defeat was unacceptable, shameful, and had consequences that affected everyone around you.
410 People face this too.
For many dark nights over the course of many months, I tossed and turned, consumed with anxiety by the state of our financial situation.
4842 People face this too.
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.
12465 People face this too.
My life spun out of control. I lost two homes and nearly lost my marriage because of my addiction.
2301 People face this too.
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.
6388 People face this too.
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.
826 People face this too.
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.
363 People face this too.
Our New Year’s resolution for 2015 was to get pregnant. That might sound like a simple thing to some, but for us it was a huge and intimidating goal. It would take a miracle.
2839 People face this too.
I felt just about everything: anger, sadness, confusion, embarrassment. I remember saying it out loud: I just lost my job.
14349 People face this too.
There are people all around me, interacting with each other, having fun together: but I’m sitting here alone.
4893 People face this too.
“Your baby has not developed further.” This can’t be. It must be a mix-up. When would I wake up from this nightmare?
14919 People face this too.
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.
1876 People face this too.
When he was late for work, when checks bounced, when he was caught in a lie, I blamed everything but the pills.
10322 People face this too.
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.
24379 People face this too.
The intimacy porn promised was proving to be an illusion. I was trapped, wanting the fix without the consequences – the pleasure without feeling ashamed.
3515 People face this too.
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.
3751 People face this too.
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.
138 People face this too.
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.
14701 People face this too.
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.
2055 People face this too.
Soon after I turned 15, one night on the swings at the park, he kissed me for the first time. Then everything escalated.
413 People face this too.
My past kept haunting me. I had to face the secret that was hidden deep inside my heart.
2670 People face this too.
All I wanted was to be a dad and to give my daughter the love and fatherly attention I never received from my own.
3314 People face this too.
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.
194 People face this too.
There are days when I have a pity party for myself, when I mourn because I can’t have just one normal day.
204 People face this too.
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?
1812 People face this too.
I felt totally alone and completely misunderstood. I thought the only way to numb the pain was to kill myself.
7523 People face this too.
A few years into our marriage, I discovered that my husband had been sending sexually explicit emails to women he had met on the Internet. That was just the beginning.