For a long time, I held a lot of pain in, never talking about my life. I honestly didn't know I had trauma. In my life, violence is normal, domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse is normal. In my family, physical abuse and emotional neglect is normal. That is why I need to have a support system of friends and family so I can stand up for myself, learn to heal and have the tools to move forward.
You and Arthur saved my life. You exposed me to feeling like a human being and being a compassionate human being. You and Arthur made me want to live. Now, because of you and the volunteers I know I’m going to make something of myself. I love and need this group. It’s my family. You all gave me a sense of purpose.