I have had different reactions since I started to share my story a few weeks ago. I have to say when I 'came out' and told my story after being asked to share it with standupforkids.org I didn't give much thought to how it would effect me. I knew I wanted to help others and I hoped when I told my story of overcoming adversity and abuse, that someone, hopefully several people, would relate to my story somehow and it would benefit them. And that did happen. The morning after I shared my story I got emails from other survivors of abuse and trafficking saying that they were inspired by my courage and wanted to share their stories too. I got emails from other people who wanted me to help loved ones who were being victimized, and I did offer to help them. But what I did not expect right after I shared my story was that I would feel a great weight being lifted off of my body. The weight of over 40 years of silence and holding all those secrets inside. That weight was horribly heavy for me to bear. Holding all those secrets and traumas inside and never telling anyone was killing me. I believe that you can get sick from emotions and terrible secrets. What I mean is holding all of that inside, was eating me alive and it did make me sick in many ways. I am a cancer survivor, I had uterine cancer in 2006 and had 3 surgeries through 2007 including a complete hysterectomy, and am happy to say I am cancer free now. I think that it is no accident that I had that kind of cancer, given all the abuse I went through and how my body was traumatized over and over for many years. Also I was an infertility patient and that too is related, I believe it is from all the trauma that my young body endured as a child. If you are holding in deep dark secrets or are maybe just trying to overcome other adversity in your life, remember that you may help someone else if you tell your story and in the process you will help yourself.
writing and everything relating to human trafficking blog
All the rules, advice, contests, and information on the web about writing can get confusing, I will sometimes write about writing but mostly... I am a survivor who overcame adversity and abuse and I am writing memoirs and essays, and advocating for anti human trafficking, survivors and victims of trafficking. The fact that I am alive today to write about my experiences is a miracle.
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