The amazing support of the survivor community

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Most of what I write about on this blog centers around sharing my struggles as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. It’s raw, it’s real, it’s me, the good and the bad.  I also try to share as much encouragement as I can because I need it as much anyone else does. This healing journey is real and it’s painful, it’s confusing and intimidating, but it can also be empowering.

This post goes out to the amazing community of survivors who I’ve connected with and will connect with in the future. Because of you all, I’m learning how to better understand myself and feel validated that I’m on the right path whether it feels like it sometimes or not.

If you would have asked me what a “survivor community” was 15 months ago, I would have told you it was a fan base for a TV show. I had no idea there was and is such an amazing group of people, that is ever growing, who come together on social media to support and help each other, and in the process help themselves.

I knew that I experienced childhood sexual abuse back in my younger days, but I spent 30+ years after the fact  suppressing those feelings and ignoring them. I went about my life just existing, based on the persona that I had built up for myself as the Football guy, Music guy, and 80’s guy. That’s all I knew how to be so that’s what I was and I was OK with it, blissfully unaware of what I would experience down the road.

When I started this blog, it was a desire to fulfill a need in between therapy sessions. A way to express myself when I didn’t have my therapist there to share with. As I began immersing myself in writing, I realized what a passion I had for it and how much better I felt when I could validate my thoughts by expressing them through my keyboard. As I began to see that people could relate to me and I could relate to them, I started to feel like I had found a niche that was just right for me.

I came across Athena Moberg, via a RT from someone in my timeline about an upcoming survivor chat called, STRONGER-TOGETHER-SURVIVOR-QUOTE The amazing support of the survivor community#NoMoreShame. I did some digging around on NoMoreShameProject.com, and started following Athena, Bobbi Parish, and Rachel Thompson on Twitter. I attended my first chat and that’s when my life really began to change in a way I’d never anticipated.

Through those 3 amazing women, all of whom also experienced childhood trauma, I was able to find validation of who I was. And through them, I began to connect with survivor after survivor, all of whom are unique but share a common bond of wanting to heal. I found I was able to connect with a group of people that have accepted me for me, regardless of my past. There are no judgments, no condescending attitudes, no minimizing of the traumatic events that we’ve all experienced. Everyone is accepted unconditionally because we all know what each other goes through.

On any given day I can look through my timeline or read comments on my blog and see things like this that just make my day!

The list goes on and on, I can’t possibly put everyone’s name down that has been there for me, but I am so eternally thankful for each and every one of you. I hope I can continue be there for you all and countless others on this healing journey. We are #StrongerTogether as a community of survivors all pulling together, pulling for each other, and raising awareness that We are not Weak! We deserve happiness in our lives, and our past does not define us.

Thank you to every single survivor I’ve connected with. You all have my eternal respect, admiration, and support.

We will continue to Rock This Healing Journey Together!

-Lyric.

 

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Matt is survivor of childhood sexual abuse & narcissistic abuse, living with Dissociation, Anxiety, & PTSD.

This blog exists to inspire all who have survived the trauma of abuse. All posts, podcasts, and videos are my life as a survivor shared openly and honestly to help inspire as many as possible to speak up, speak out, and not be ashamed.

10 Responses to " The amazing support of the survivor community "

  1. Athena says:

    Matt, I am so honored to be on this journey with you all. Your encouragement, kindness, and heart for others are a blessing to me and so many others, daily. This week ahead is going to be jam packed with meeting & welcoming new friends, supporting and cheering people on from right where we’re at. I am stoked to know you will be there with us! #StrongerTogether #RockOn

    • Lyric says:

      Right on Athena, I’m with you and got your back 100%. I’m just in awe of how awesome the survivor community is and so blessed to be a part of it. Can’t wait for the chats coming up and seeing so many familiar faces and all of the new ones who are reaching out for support in their survivor journey! #StrongerTogether #WeAreSurvivors

  2. Don says:

    Cool people who follow a cool survivor or is that the other way around. giggle.. glad i met you online Matt. I love the raw writing style where you allow yourself to be vulnerable so that others can grown and feel encouraged and supported.

    • Lyric says:

      Dude’s got jokes today I see..LOL 🙂 I’m glad I connected with you too man, the way we write, from the heart, is definitely allowing ourselves to be vulnerable. It sure as heck isn’t easy but I’m finding it more empowering the more I open myself up. Our past sucked, there is no doubt about it, but there is hope!

  3. You have been upgraded from my favorite person of the day to my favorite person of the week! Thanks for another great post, Matt. <3 Joy

    • Lyric says:

      Wow, I’m honored! I hope you are well Joy, I know you had a rough day yesterday but I’m sending positive thoughts and support your way! Smile 🙂

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