By January 9, 2017Story

I was sexually abused by someone I trusted when I was 8. It had changed me a lot. I went from an outgoing, loud little girl to a quiet, shy girl. I was diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and PTSD from the incident. And as I got older, I got more problems because growing up is hard in general. I was super insecure. I was bullied. I would have panic attacks almost all the time. I was super depressed. I was hating life. And, I was silent about it all. No one knew what had happened and it was eating me up on the inside.

I turned to unhealthy coping skills to release all the sadness and pain. It got to the point where I couldn’t handle it anymore.  I wanted to make a change because if I didn’t, life would go on and it would stay the same.

So, I decided to stop being silent and speak out about what happened. It wasn’t easy but it would never be easy. I had been staying quiet for 7 years and I couldn’t keep going.  I spoke up and put the pain and sadness to an end. And that was the key to becoming healthy and happy. It was the key to healing.

8 years later, I can say it will be okay in the end. It may not seem like it at the time but in the end, everything will work itself out and it will be alright. The fight for happiness may not be easy but its definitely worth it. Just remember you’re not alone and to hold on.

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