It is truly amazing how only one day, one event, can affect a life. One day could completely destroy a future. It is fascinating how just one moment can turn a person’s view of the world upside down. A one-time occurrence can remain with someone for a lifetime.
Nearly everyone meets a person at some point whom has lived through one of these life-changing events. Think back to the boy whose best friend committed suicide or to the girl who got raped on her walk home from school. The rumor mill worked overtime in those instances, depression ran rampant, and, probably for quite some time, that boy and that girl just weren’t themselves. Hopefully, they learn to live with their experiences and move on, but the memories always remain, even for a single occurrence.
Those among us who survive these awful moments know moving on can feel like an uphill battle at times. With any luck, though, eventually, the pain fades and makes way for a new life.
Then, there are those who endure multiple, even countless, instances that linger in the depths of the mind. For them, the road to recovery is even longer and, sometimes, it never happens at all.
My story is a long and painful one to recall, let alone write. I do so now to let others whom have lived it know they are not alone. There are people who understand the pain, but also understand there is an end to that pain. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and no matter how bleak the future may seem, there is always hope.
Before I begin, I warn my readers that I will not refrain from including detail. While names have been changed, all of the accounts I write are true in every way, from the abuse I endured to where I am today, standing in the light of the tunnel as a survivor, not a victim.
Let me guide you there.