Don't Apologize For Your Story
The encompassing, enthralling feeling of being heard and understood for what you've been through in your life. Illness survivors, violence survivors of all types and so many more courageous fighters among us know this feeling too well. You get to know someone, a new friend or a lover perhaps. You open up and tell them your story and - if you're lucky - they hear you. They acknowledge who you are, and the ways in which they should be more tender, more delicate in word, thought, action. You feel, as you rightly deserve to, that someone not only knows you, but embraces who you are for what you've been through.
But this happy picture has it's evil opposite. That is of sharing your story, only to find yourself struggling to conso