Eighteen Years

By: Cassi Cox Eighteen Years. It seems like so much and so little all at the same time. Eighteen years ago this May I graduated from high school. It was supposed to be the best summer ever, but instead I experienced my first real battle with depression. I’ve had a few major depressive incidents inContinue reading “Eighteen Years”

It Starts Sooner Than You Think

It’s time to talk about something that is going to make all of us uncomfortable. When does sexual perpetration actually begin? It is commonly understood that predators often have multiple victims prior to actually being convicted of sexual assault, but we rarely talk about when and how this emerges.  The verdict?  According to the USContinue reading “It Starts Sooner Than You Think”

But… I’m not an Addict

The Shock of Recovery Discovery By: Cassi Cox I don’t know if you’ve ever been in the position where something that didn’t ever apply to you suddenly hits you like a ton of bricks. It just happened to me. I was sitting in my substance use disorder counseling class, completely shook, as my professor walkedContinue reading “But… I’m not an Addict”

The Phoenix

By: Jennifer Brierly The Phoenix A Spoken Word by Jennifer Brierly My therapist suggested writing a “victim’s impact statement” “A statement,” she says As though words exist in dashes and lines what my life consists of since that day Passing years. Months. Weeks where to begin, were I able to speak. The cold hammer ofContinue reading “The Phoenix”

Finding The Roar

What a wild ride the last few months have been. Our little team has been working hard- together and individually to reclaim what we lost, to heal, to grow and figure out who and what we are truly called to be. We’d like to use this space to share our journeys- collective and respective- withContinue reading “Finding The Roar”

Dear Friend… Love Your Survivor

By Deborah Schiefer Dear friend, I am a trauma survivor and I hate the word “triggered.” See, social media and politics have taken a word that’s very real to me and turned it into something that paints me into a tantrum-throwing child. But, friend, triggers are real and sometimes those of us with trauma historiesContinue reading “Dear Friend… Love Your Survivor”

Your Journey is Real… And Uniquely Yours

by Deborah Schiefer When my Mom was first diagnosed with early-onset dementia and I became a part-time caregiver for her, I thought I was alone. During my late childhood years, she became increasingly abusive toward me, peaking in my adolescence. The abuse became so severe, I ended up moving in with another family for myContinue reading “Your Journey is Real… And Uniquely Yours”

A Survivor

It’s Complicated: Abigail and David Have you ever had to live with a bully? I don’t just mean your older brother, who sometimes tormented you a bit, but also would have had your back the second someone else said a word to you. I mean a bully. The kind of person who turned your worldContinue reading “A Survivor”