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‘Every year, every milestone, is wrapped up in this image of an almost-man, walking out my front door.’: Mom to all-grown-up son urges ‘don’t blink, take in every moment’

“It’s just a stepping stone. A step away from the past. The past when I held him in my arms. A step closer to the future. The future when I have to let go. I can still see my little boy with his Spiderman backpack on his first day of kindergarten. I still see my baby on the first day he was placed in my trembling arms.”

‘If I can’t have you…nobody will.’ I’d hear breathing on end of random calls. I was being watched, followed, tormented.’: Teen dating abuse survivor shares ‘warning signs’

“We scheduled a secret meeting in the woods. We slid down the hill and walked farther and farther away from carnival rides, screams, laughs, and funnel cake air. Phone in my hand, I looked down in an outer body experience to realize ‘911’ had been punched in. This was my turning point. I was terrified of the boy I loved.”

‘What are you wearing? You look like a clown!’ I wanted the ground to swallow me up. I vowed to never be ‘too much’ again.’: Woman shares self-love journey, ‘I finally feel like ME’

“I started dieting and skipping meals. ‘I’ll be happy when I’m skinny.’ I wore a pair of those sucking-in underwear to make sure I felt thin. I felt squished. I realized I looked absolutely no different without them, but I felt a million times better. I’ve never worn a pair since.”

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