Survivor’s Story

28 Apr

Inner Child: A Visitor From the Past

Hello, fellow survivors!! I am a survivor and am taking part in the phase one peer support program at The Gatehouse. Since we began, we’ve discussed topics such as anger, addiction, and triggers. This week: the sixth session, was the first of three sessions that focus entirely on our “Inner Child.” I looked over the entire program when we first received it, but I had forgotten about this part of it, and it caused just a...

22 Oct

Andrea: To Heal Is Truth & Peace

Andrea: To Heal Is Truth & Peace By A. Robins *Trigger warning I had no one to blame but myself. I’d asked my stepfather if I could sleep in a bed in his room while my mother was away. I’d just had a bath and was sitting on his lap. He tried to push my towel up to my thigh, but I wriggled and righted the towel. It was just another game. We had lots...

18 Sep

My Inner Child Helped Me Heal

*Trigger Warning My Inner Child Helped Me To Heal The memories of my abuse are fractured, like a mirror shattered into a billion pieces. How many times did it happen? I don’t know. How old was I when it started? I don’t remember. But my most vivid memory is when I am nine, I think. I am in my cousin’s bedroom and my uncle is in the bed. I have no idea why I...

10 Aug

Trauma Impacts The Body & Mind

  Trauma Impacts The Body & Mind I had unusual physical symptoms for more than a decade that no medical professional was able to diagnose. In 2005 when my first son was born I started to experience unusual symptoms such as intense, unusual fatigue, left-sided headaches, tingling in my left hand and foot, mild balance and perceptual difficulties, attention, and memory problems to name a few. For years I saw specialists, had MRIs and follow-ups all to...

06 Aug

Marks Remarkable Story

Marks Remarkable Story *Trigger Warning I remember watching a little boy open his garage door to get his bicycle out. As he pulled up the heavy door he watched himself opening it, narrating the events in his head as if he was a voice-over in a movie: Mark is now opening the garage door to get his bike, but first he’ll have to move the red wagon out of the way… I remember watching a little boy...