“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.
Hi, everyone. Welcome to the third instalment of the Self Harm Blog Series. Thank you so very much for joining us in this journey about a topic that can be difficult to read about and discuss. While there are similarities amongst self-harm victims, each case is completely unique, just as no two snowflakes are alike. With that said, meet Sami. CL: Sami, Thanks so much for allowing me to interview you. Could you start off by identifying the way(s) in which you self-harmed? Sami: When I was twelve or thirteen I would cut up my arms, normally with a razor blade. I also have a few burn marks on my arm from a lighter and cigarette. It got less frequent as I got older, but I struggled with cutting and depression until I was around nineteen. What do you feel caused your behavior? I was so tormented. I felt hopeless … click here to read the full article.
As I sit on my couch and prepare this blog, a song is running through my head. ~ ♫ This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. ♩~ It fits so perfectly because that’s what these folks, who are bold and brave enough to talk about their experiences with Self Harm, are doing. Letting their light shine so that others may see and reap some of the blessings from their hardships. Caren. Welcome. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to answer all my questions and emailing me back and forth. CL: As you know, the main character in my debut novel struggles with cutting. What type(s) of self-harm did you struggle with? Caren: Bulimia, hitting myself with a brush, and using an eraser to erase my skin. Were you using all these coping mechanisms simultaneously or in stages? I used all those methods simultaneously. Bulimia was the easiest to keep … click here to read the full article.
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