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"In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.” – Andrea Dykstra
TRIGGER WARNING: abuse, rape, trauma. This may not be easy to read for some. Also to note: I write this at a time in my life when I am truly happy, healthy and above all, grateful for everything my life has shown and taught me. 

Yesterday someone asked me what happened to me in my life to give me PTSD, panic attacks and anxiety. I also had another person comment, “You are one of the strongest people I know. You are a survivor.”
I think for anyone who wants to know the answers and reasons why all that is true, reading this might help. In short, I am a survivor, yes. I am strong because I have to be. I pay the price of anxiety, depression & PTSD because frankly, anyone who has been through what I have, would surely have all this and more to live with. And I understand that people who don’t know all of this and only experience me as a friend, a co-worker, and acquaintance, may not be …

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