If it was not for my friends, I would have been lost. I'd not have been able to even leave my family, or make it through the healing either.

Without My Friends and My Partner, I Might Have Been Lost

Not only would I not have been able to even leave my family, I don’t think I would have made it through the healing either. Having the love and support of those closest to you is so important. I had never felt as vulnerable as when I first cut contact with my parents. Although I was so happy and proud that I had actually done it, I also felt like I had nothing and no-one to fall back on.

I was quite shy about telling people what was going on. So especially in the beginning, only a hand full of people was really aware. My closest friends had met my family too, so they were the people I confided in. It still made me nervous though. How do you start that conversation, right?

To this day, the best response I got was from a dear friend who unfortunately I do not get to see very often. Luckily he was in the country only two months after I cut contact. I ended up just blurting it out. All he did was give me the biggest bear hug ever. That was it.

Sometimes a hug really is all you need. It is like that meme that goes around the internet:

One day someone will hug you so tight. That all your broken pieces will stick back together.

Sometimes You Need To Talk to People Who Really Get It

Once I started plowing through my memories, I needed to make sense of them. The best people to do that with, are people who understand that process. Other survivors in short.

Even then, I needed my partner to help me. If not only because he would sit me behind to computer to chat to my Survivor Tribe when he sensed I was struggling (and he usually knows before I do).

There are many ways that survivors need their dearest and nearest to help them.

So, if you are a survivor, keep your friends close.

If you are a supporter, there are many ways you can help. No gesture is too small to make a difference.

Fly Free,

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While I may technically be the Director here at SwanWaters, my unofficial title is Healing Cheerleader! I’m a survivor of childhood emotional abuse and workplace bullying. And believe me when I say that I’ve walked the walk when it comes to healing from trauma. I firmly believe that we can undo some of the damage that abuse has done to us, and learn the necessary skills to handle life and all it brings us.

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