“Would anyone believe that you and me – both successful in o…

“Would anyone believe that you and me – both successful in our professional lives, have gone through abuse and sexual assault?”

My friend had undergone a particularly traumatic medical procedure, by staff who had not thought to treat her with care.

She hadn’t told me about it when it happened, because: “I’m fine – I’m always fine, and I should have gotten over it by now.”

And yet, she admitted breaking down on her way home.

I told her of my experience, many decades ago now, which still affects me – though in very subtle ways.

Many of us carry a weight inside that very few people know about.
It shapes who we are, and how we see the world.

Some of us will refuse to let it define us.
Some of us will use and let it transform us into a stronger version of who we are.

There are those who haven’t the strength or support to do either.

If you are carrying this weight inside of you – and it’s pulling you down, reach out and talk to someone.

You need not go through this alone.

If you have a friend who’s struggling, you be the one to reach out.

And Samaritan’s is always there to listen, without judgement. Freephone 116 123 from UK or email jo@samaritans.org.

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