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October is, among other things, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I myself am a survivor of such abuse and therefore as soon as I was invited to the Hop to Stop I knew I had to take part.
While only my closest friends know of my experiences a number of years ago, I've decided to share at least some of my story here. I'm a double survivor. Yep, I got out of one abusive marriage only to find myself in another, where the abuse was worse. In both the abuse was both physical and mental and yes, I still have the scars today.
That said, I don't dwell on the negative. I got out and I don't see myself as a victim, although in the immediate aftermath, I perhaps did. And yes, there has been many times since them when the mental scars became almost too much. But thanks to the AMAZING support of those who do know my history and perhaps a little to do with my own inner strength, I'm still here. I am a survivor.
While my experiences don't define who I am, they have, all of them, helped shape me into the woman I am today. It might sound strange, but I look upon them all as a blessing of sorts, because they have given me an insight and real understanding of what others in similar situations are going through, which is particularly helpful within my Ministry.
If you've been touched by my post and would like to speak to me, in absolute confidence, about the issues raised, please do. I'm here for all of you, whether you're a regular reader, or this is the first time you've read one of my posts. You can reach me either via the Ministry page linked above, or by email to emlouisef at gmail dot com.
Card: Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Stamp set: Me = Grateful
Tools and embellishments: Bird Builder Punch, Decorative Dots TIEF, Deco Labels Framelits and Basic Pearls
Adhesives: Tear & Tape and Stampin' Dimensionals
The Hop to Stop at The Damsel of Distressed
#198 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#204 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
I'll be back on Wednesday with another Awareness Month creation, when I'll again share a little more of myself with you, my beloved readers and friends, so I hope you'll join me then.