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A sisterhood of survivors

When we decided that it was important to keep the posts on this site fresh, I wondered if I would find enough to write about.  It seems however that I have absolutely no trouble coming up with topics.  There is no master schedule or structure to it, I write what I feel compelled to write and that's pretty much all there is to it.  My last post was about letting service providers know that the survivor community is grateful for all that they do, with this post I want to talk to my sisters 🙂A sisterhood of survivors

I know I have said it before but here it is again:  this site is here because, as survivors of Domestic Violence, we know that it is very hard to trust people we don't know.  It is very hard to reach out to each other and it is often even harder to reach out to agencies that can help us.  We may have heard that we 'should' call a certain service, we may have even determined that we will, but at the last second we can't do it.  We don't know them and we don't trust them.

This morning I went over some of the past posts on this website.  In particular I went to the one entitled "a good friend". In that post I had written about the terrible feeling of isolation I experienced and how it wasn't until I trusted someone enough to follow their good advice, that I was able to make connections that helped.  I went further to talk about how we want this website to be just like that good friend, the one you trust not to steer you wrong.  But I want to say that above all else, we want this site to help you to feel not so alone.

I know that you may never write us a comment or let us know in any way that you are encouraged by our efforts.  You may not even want anyone to know that you visit this site.  We don't mind because we definitely understand.

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This is going to be a short one today.   My kids are on the front step eating apples and peanut butter and my four year old seems to think it is summer as I just saw that she is in bare feet.  The dogs keep barking because the kids keep knocking at the door (on purpose of course) so I must be going.

 
Take care of yourselves today, my friends, and of course remember that you are not alone, but also remember that you are part of a world-wide sisterhood of survivors.... whatever stage you are at, whatever point in your journey, there are others there too. 
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About cjw

A mother of three and a survivor of domestic violence, I am passionate about helping women who feel isolated and alone, women who may have children that are profoundly impacted by the trauma of domestic violence and women who need to understand where they can go to get help for themselves and their families. I am a registered nurse who has worked for the last 16 years in a critical care area only to have to flee to a women’s shelter and have my whole life changed. I know fear, I know pain and I now know food banks…I’m in good company.

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