The Truth About Physical Abuse

The Truth About Physical Abuse

It started with a cigarette burn. He enveloped me in an embrace, and the next thing I felt was the searing pain of his lit cigarette. He swore it was an accident, but when I looked the next day, there was a perfectly round hole in my back surrounded by red, swollen...
How I Survived Being Homeless at Seventeen

How I Survived Being Homeless at Seventeen

I made it back to the apartment close to 8:00 a.m. My boyfriend Derek gave me a kiss goodbye before he drove away, leaving me to deal with the consequences waiting behind my front door. My mother wouldn’t be happy I stayed out all night again even though she knew the...
The Day Jasper Went Home

The Day Jasper Went Home

Jasper the dog was a fluffy bundle of happiness. My two young sons adored him, petting and cooing at him at every opportunity. Jasper was content to lie peacefully on the living room floor next to Brendan and Shayne as they played Super Mario Sunshine on the X-Box,...
Fibromyalgia Is Ruining My Life

Fibromyalgia Is Ruining My Life

What can I do when the pain is unbearable? It starts in the morning in my hips and legs and wakes me up from peaceful sleep. Limping out to the living room, I grab a BC powder and pour it into my mouth looking for some relief. Lately, I’ve also added a shot of vodka,...
The Day My Daughter Forgot Me

The Day My Daughter Forgot Me

I hadn’t seen my baby girl for six months. Vanessa was only supposed to stay with her aunt Benita for a couple of weeks until I got things straightened out. At least that’s what Micah told me. I found out she was leaving when my estranged husband told me his sister...

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