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How I journeyed beyond childhood abuse
Originally appeared on spirituality.com
There was a time when I didn’t think I could make it. Seven years of childhood sexual abuse had carved an apparently indelible scar on my being.
On the surface, I probably looked as though I were in control, but inside, I was a wreck. In some ways, I'd made progress—I’d finished high school and college, gotten married and found meaningful employment. But too often I made it from day to day simply by forcing myself to fulfill my responsibilities. My marriage was struggling and I was unhappy at home. And, I thought a lot about suicide during this time.
I was in a mental prison, trapped behind the bars of the past. The abuse had happened years ago, but into my 30s, I was still struggling. I kept a journal and read self-help books, but while they gave me an emotional outlet, they didn’t provide lasting solutions.
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