Hey, all! Happy New Year! We made it to 2016 and we owe it to ourselves to do the best we can with it. I love starting this year with the eleventh entry of the Self-Harm Blog Series. I’m honored to be a part of helping those who’ve struggled with this problem tell their story. With hopes of helping others who can relate to the pain of self-harm addiction, let us do our part in spreading the ‘word.’ The word is hope. The word is healing. The word is possibilities. The word is Love. God’s love. Your love. My love. Let us begin. Today is my interview with Kirsty. She is a young woman I met on Twitter who has been free of self-harm for a year! Woo-hoo! Welcome, Kirsty, and congratulations on your success! K: Thank you. When did you first self-harm? K: Honestly, I can’t put my finger … click here to read the full article.
You’ve heard the old cliche ~ Bad News Travels Fast. Well, it’s never been truer than it is today. Are there some benefits to this? Of course! If a child is abducted, their photo will be spread across the country in a matter of minutes. If a natural disaster occurs, the entire world is notified and immediate action is taken. But there’s a price for these benefits, and the price has many names. Some of those names are Fear, Worry, Anxiety, Depression, Angst, Obsession, and Stress. Obviously, these oppressors have been around a whole lot longer than the Internet, television, or even radio for that matter. Folks have been afflicted with such things since the beginning of time! Why else would there be such beautiful scripture, poetry, and advice written to aid us through such difficulties? But now, we are inundated with bad news all day long. If we so much … click here to read the full article.
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I’m not as okay as I pretend to be. Welcome to the tenth interview in the Self-Harm Series. I want to thank you for sticking around because I know this is a hard topic to revisit over and over again. The easy thing to do would be to bury your head in the sand and pretend you don’t know anyone with struggles like we’ve covered in the last couple of months. But the truth is… you do know someone. God has sent me ten brave souls so far. Ten people who are willing to lay it all out there so we can see what this looks like and so that others who are struggling know they’re not alone in their battles. Today, I was with a friend and she needed a ride to work. We stopped at McDonald’s on the way and I noticed the arms of the young lady at … click here to read the full article.
Self Harm – The world will come after you with knives anyway. You do not need to beat them to it. ~ Caitlin Moran, How To Build A Girl. I have a challenge for all the beautiful people who read this particular blog. Create a status on your Facebook or Twitter and ask your friends to click ‘like’ or ‘favorite’ if they’ve ever self-harmed. If you prefer, create a meme or use one of these. Not everyone will tell you, but I think you’ll be surprised at the outcome. After a day or so, please visit my author page and tell me about your results. Today’s blog is the story of a young woman named Fae. Her story, like many others, is not an easy one to read. If you have comments for Fae or any of the other interviewees, please visit my Facebook author page and leave your thoughts … click here to read the full article.
“In case you didn’t know, dead people don’t bleed. If you can bleed-see it, feel it, then you know you’re alive. It’s irrefutable, undeniable proof. Sometimes I just need a little reminder.” ― Amy Efaw, After Welcome back to the self-harm series, folks. If you’ve been following this series, I sincerely hope you’ve gained some understanding of what self-harmers are going through. Ya know, I did a ton of research for my book… plus, I had access to a recovered self-harmer whom I love so very much. She was very open and candid with me. But now, I feel like what I know (as little as it may be) is more rounded out. I have a broader scope. I hope you do too. I know I’ve said this in several other blogs, but I can’t stress it enough… It’s quite certain you know someone who is struggling with self-harm. You may not … click here to read the full article.
Hi, everyone. Glad you’re still here! Today I want to start by saying, ‘thank you,’ to the ‘No More Self Harm’ Group who publishes an online paper through Paper.li. They’ve picked up nearly all of the blogs I’ve done in this series and published them in their paper, making our outreach even greater. I’m grateful. The young lady I’m interviewing today is someone I connected with on Twitter. She tweeted a message about her recovery and I asked if I could interview her. She said yes and I’m thankful she did. CL: Welcome, Bryony. Could you start by telling me what type of self-harm you were afflicted by? Bryony: I cut myself and it got very severe. I also burnt myself with cigarettes. Whilst in the hospital, I used to head bang, leaving my face heavily bruised. I also attempted suicide through cutting and overdoses. Do you know what led … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back, everyone. This is the sixth interview in the Self Harm Series and I really appreciate everyone who has taken the time to read the personal stories of current and previous self-harmers. I know these blogs aren’t the easiest to read; but, often it’s the hardest things that count the most. Today my interviewee is a young lady who is the granddaughter of a good friend. I’d asked my friend to read my book prior to publication for feedback and I had no idea her granddaughter self-harmed. It was quite a surprise, but it was my first opportunity to see how my book could really help someone else. Meet my friend’s granddaughter, Isabella. She and I emailed back and forth quite a bit. There are very few things that aren’t included, hence a longer interview than normal. I just thought that by providing everything that it may give you … click here to read the full article.
Hi, everyone! I’m so glad you clicked the link and are here. We’ve come a long way in the self-harm series and we’re not done yet. We all fall victims to ourselves in so many ways. We might overeat, smoke, drink excessively, or just not take care of ourselves in the ways we should. But when you self-harm in a way that causes injury to yourself, it’s different. Many people would never be able to go that far. But for some, their pain is so deep that physically hurting themselves is the only way to let it out. Like any addiction, the relief is temporary. I’ve been so moved by the peeps I’ve been speaking to. They are definitely among the strongest people I’ve ever met. With that said, meet another strong young lady, Jasmine. Jasmine, welcome. Thanks so much for being willing to share your story. CL: Let me … click here to read the full article.
Welcome, everyone. I’m so glad you’re here. If this is the first blog you’ve seen from the self-harm series, please go to the archives and take a look at the previous interviews after you read this one. If you’re currently self-harming, my hope is that you find someone’s story that you can relate to and see your own possibility for recovery in them. When I first decided to write this series, I thought I would have a hard time finding willing interviewees, but that wasn’t so. I found Patti, Caren, and Sami who told their stories for the sole purpose of letting others know that hope and healing is within arm’s reach. Now I want you to meet Kate, a young lady who resides in the UK. She is still on her journey to recovery and I’m so grateful she was willing to talk with me. CL: Welcome, Kate! I … click here to read the full article.