Touching

Touching

‘My marriage reared it’s ugly head. I was at a fork in the road. I could leave and save myself heartbreak, or I could stay.’: Woman finds ‘strength’ to divorce abusive husband, admits there’s ‘beauty in vulnerability’

“I never planned on writing my story. While I was more fearful of the future than I care to admit, I remember leaving the courthouse the day I filed for divorce feeling like I could breathe for the first time in years. It was the feeling of freedom. For years, I allowed the world to wash over me, resigned to the lies I’d been told about who I was, who I wasnt, and who I could never be. On the hard days, I have to remind myself to call these thoughts what they are: lies.”

I’d always drank too much. I never thought it would get worse when I had children.: Mom admits wine oclock was always on her mind, when she turned to alcohol to cope, she never saw it coming

Having breastfed my little one for 18 months in a sleep deprived haze, the day after I stopped, I quickly went back to bad habits. All of a sudden I was allowed to drink in excess again. I thought this was what I deserved. It was my time. Wine oclock was always on my mind. When 5 p.m. came, I took that as my cue for freedom. I started to drink myself into a state of numbness.

He would count, look up, then scream GO! The officer was helping us avoid the falling bodies.: Woman describes feeling like a walking zombie after surviving 9/11 attack in World Trade Center

“What looked like ash started falling from the sky, followed by a HUGE fireball. I was on the 32nd floor in the stairwell when the second plane hit. The force of the impact threw me up against the wall. Once we got across the street, I stopped, looked up and saw the buildings with huge flaming holes. I swear to you I looked at my friend and said, Do you think well have class tomorrow?”

I found his gun while blacked out. I held it to my head, trying to pull the trigger. His roommate ripped it away.: Womans life has changed drastically since becoming sober, turned her nightmare into a blessing

I felt awful, like I had hundreds of other mornings. But this day, something was different. My friend told me a story of my actions. While blacked out, I ran behind the bar where my ex worked. I started hitting him. Something in me snapped. THAT was my breaking point. It was the straw that broke the camels back. I was quiet for a moment, then I said with tears in my eyes, Thats it. Im done.

‘Do I breastfeed? Do I not? Do I blow the budget and buy all organic? You dont know answers to ANYTHING.’: Woman shares candid look at ‘mom life’ in mid-30s, admits it’s ‘hard, but beautiful’

“In your 30s, life’s less about watching friends marry and have babies. It’s about witnessing them struggle with marriage, and even divorce. At this point, you know someone whose miscarried. Your hormones are all out of whack. You struggle with the question, ‘Is my entire identity mommy?’ You feel guilty your house is clean but your kids were ignored, or you enjoyed them and now your hubby comes home to filth. Man, it’s HARD.”

‘My arms are tingling!’ The wind knocked out of me. ‘Um, are you having a heart attack?’ My anxiety went from zero to a million.’: Woman with Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder declares anxiety ‘can’t take away my strength’

“I was at lunch with friends, light on sleep, and full on caffeine. I was already wildly anxious after having a bad breakup, an unexpected job change, and being hit by a car (I mean, seriously?), and then, out of nowhere, I couldn’t breathe. I was so nauseous I was profusely sweating. ‘There’s nothing wrong with you,’ I was told. I was damn close to calling myself a nice little ambulance. I didn’t leave my house for 2 months.”

She was Jane Doe 53. Whoever dropped her off, left. Didnt give her name, nothing. She was almost dead.: Daughter of an addict urges others struggling to seek help, dont let it steal you away from those who love you the most

My dad called me. Someone on social media had messaged my sister telling her that our mom had passed away. I broke down. Crying uncontrollably, I couldnt breathe. My 2-year-old son didnt understand why his mommy was so upset. All I ever hoped for was now shattered. She was gone, the mom I needed. We waited for the coroner to confirm it. Meth and heroin mixed together. That was the last straw. I never meant to hate her, but sometimes I did.

‘I’m waiting for my daughter to die. Every day I wake up, she might not.’: Mom gives birth to ‘rainbow baby’ with ‘rare, terminal’ Sanfilippo syndrome, makes ‘each day count’

“She went from surpassing all her milestones to not being able to walk, drink, or eat. I was tired of going home from the hospital with no answers, the typical run around from doctors. One day, with 10 residents, 5 doctors, and 4 nurses in front of me, I said, and I quote, ‘Discharge her again and I promise I’ll sue every single person standing in this room.’ Needless to say, they ran every test. I now know that instead of her burying me, I’ll be burying her.”

I whispered, ‘Dad I still need you. Today, you fight.’ He looked at me with his kind eyes and shook his head.’: Adopted daughter’s emotional tribute to her quadriplegic dad on his death bed

“I walked into my dad’s room and sat with him as he laid there. He was feeling anxious. He told me he couldn’t breathe. To get Mom. We phoned my grandparents to say their goodbyes. They told my Dad it was okay, he could go home. My dad waited as my husband walked through the doors. When did he pass?, my husband asked. Right now,’ I replied. My father waited for the man he knew could hold me through this wretched pain.”

‘I never thought I’d be one of ‘those’ people. You know, the ones who lose control of their lives and spiral. Turns out, I’m wrong.’: Woman learns to ‘celebrate imperfections’ after trip to psych ward, reminds us failing is only ‘human’

“My partner and I kept arguing. Stress mounted. Next thing you know, I was dry heaving, teeth chattering. I just lost it. All of it. For the next 24 hours, I couldnt speak to anyone from the outside, not even my husband. The paper scrubs the emergency room had given me had to come off, leaving me naked, shaking, and disoriented. How was this even real? I felt like I was watching a scene from a movie, rather than participating in my own life. But it was happening, and it was REAL.”

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