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Mourning the Loss of Motherhood

Mourning the Loss of Motherhood

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate the lives of the women who came before us and we grieve the loss of mothers that were taken from us too soon. But, for some of us, we also grieve the mothers we never were and the children we will never see again. 

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Surviving Abuse Without My Mother

With Mother’s Day approaching, Dana shares her story about living through and escaping abuse without her mother, Pam, who passed away when she was 18 years old. This holiday can be hard for many, including abuse survivors. Whether you have lost your mom, are a single mother, have an abusive mother, long to be a mother but aren’t, etc., this blog shares how to find comfort on this holiday (and any other day of the year).

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A Lifelong Tragedy: Child Abuse

Child abuse does more than damage the heart of the child. It often traumatizes the adult that the child becomes. Read on to hear Amanda’s story of adult issues, including substance abuse and recovery, stemming from childhood pain.

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Man’s Best Friend And So Much More

“They were so much more than an emotional support animal for my PTSD; they were everything and so much more. I won’t even try to put it into words because I know I could never begin to do justice for the value they’ve had on my survival and healing.”

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That Innocent Love…

Pets can be our comfort, especially for those healing from abuse. It’s horrific to think, however, that some animals that live in homes with domestic violence can be victims themselves. They deserve our love because they so freely give it to us.

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Tell Me You Are A Bad Person Without Telling Me

How do you know if that person that you are inviting into your life is good or bad for you? Can you trust your gut, or are red flags oblivious to you? And what about boundaries? This journal entry from our blogger, Amanda, talks about these very questions and more.

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A Soundtrack for Survivors

Music can move us as survivors. Rick Dougherty shares his ultimate playlist of songs that have helped him with his past abuse and how they will also help him when walking across Ireland in June to raise money and awareness for BTSADV.

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The Autism Spectrum and Abuse

“By trying to raise awareness of the Autism spectrum, especially how it relates to abuse, I am hoping to help others avoid the decades of confusion I experienced when trying to come to terms with the abuse I suffered.”

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