Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

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would do anything to tell my story, including traveling all over the country. My grandfather started physically, emotionally, and sexually abusing me when I was five. I found it hard to break the cycle of abuse and followed my mother’s example of choosing men. She stayed with my father, an abusive and full-blown alcoholic for 48 years.

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At the age of 18, I was raped by my boyfriend and needed 375 stitches. Not too long after that, I was with an abusive man again. While the abuse was terrible, I had three beautiful children with him. They are my silver linings. Luckily, I found the strength to leave him when my now 21-year-old son was three.

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I am 49 years old and broke the cycle when I was 40. It has been very difficult to move forward. I was diagnosed with PTSD, depression, and anxiety and I’m still fighting the past. I have severe social anxiety and do not trust anyone. This is just a tiny glimpse into the codependency and abuse of my past. I am working on myself and trying to live my best life.

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