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“You were never meant to fit in. You were born to stand out and change the world”read more
My heart felt heavy and sometimes I couldn’t breathe.read more
To anyone reading this, whatever your trial is DON’T GIVE UP.read more
She was always wanting to take everything out on me like I was her punching bag.read more
Journaling makes me feel a lot better. It lets me get out my thoughts and work them through.read more
Two years ago in March 2017, my life changed when I got a concussion. I was in the gym for cheer tryouts when somebody threw a basketball from an upper balcony. They were trying to make a full court shot but instead of the ball hitting the basket, the ball hit me in...read more
During my eighth grade year, my mom went in for the duodenal switch ( A more drastic version of the Gastric Bypass weight loss surgery). The chance that something would go wrong during the surgery was almost unheard of, so my family and I expected her to be in and out...read more
I was a sophomore in High School and participating in competitive soccer, FBLA, Peer Leadership, Pop Club, dancing for a Polynesian show, serving in my church calling, working full time, not to mention holding down my responsibilities of being the oldest of 8 children...read more
In the summer of 2016 I lost the people I considered my friends and I went into my sophomore year alone. I began to self harm. I was depressed, but I was able to hide it. I went from a 4.0 student to a student who only cared if they were failing. My parents just...read more
Success has always been something that I have strived for in my life. I’m a perfectionist, I want everything my way and quintessential. So, in eight-grade, when my ability to succeed was hindered it was really hard for me. During my second year of junior high I...read more
This past year has been extremely difficult for me and my family in so many ways. I have always been a self-motivated, independent, strong and active kid. I have participated in competitive soccer and football ever since I was a little boy. I was able to accomplish...read more
My name is Bryson Patrick Sanchez; I am 18 years old and graduating in 2019. I am kid that has gone through so much in my life to still be where I am today. The major life threating situation that I have gone through was found out on the exact date of October 30,...read more
I have anxiety. This means I experience fear and apprehension at such high levels that it inhibits my ability to do simple tasks like talking to people or doing homework. There have even been times where I am so anxious that I can’t get out of bed. My hopes of living...read more
Along with having 4 mental illnesses (ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression) I was sexually abused when I was 7. Because of my mental disorders I was severely bullied to the point that in 8th grade I attempted suicide for the first time, which led to me being put into a...read more
Along with having 4 mental illnesses (ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression) I was sexually abused when I was 7. Because of my mental disorders I was severely bullied to the point that in 8th grade I attempted suicide for the first time, which led to me being put...read more
She didn’t give up despite her fears.read more
Adversity creates opportunities to become stronger and more resilient when you put in your best effort to overcome. While you can’t always control the situations you find yourself in, you can change the way you view them and choose to react with positivity. That...read more
Growing up there are a lot of obstacles and difficulties i face. I was born in Bellflower California but ended up raising in the island which is in “Samoa”. Life in samoan is hard. For example everything is expensive including food, bus fare, school fares and etc....read more
Over the course of my life I overcome several hardships the most difficult being my parents divorce causing me to deal with the struggles of living in a single parent family. This caused me to become insecure because my mother made a low income an couldn't afford to...read more
At the beginning of my senior year, i didn’t think i could do it anymore. Everything was falling apart and i was so close to giving up. But when they say there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, there really is, you just need to find the strength to get to...read more
Occasionally, while browsing the internet, on the public forums that I like to comb through, to find people like me, I’ll find a post with such a question as,” What is something that people take for granted in their everyday lives?” I see this type of question...read more
In 2016 I lived in Louisiana. School had started and it felt nice to be back in school. A few days later it started raining and it wouldn't stop for 3 days. 90% of my city had been flooded. My school was trashed and so many of my friends had nowhere to go. My family...read more
I sigh, and force my dead body to resurrect from the coffin I call ‘my bed’read more
So hi, my name is Abby Lowry, and I don’t have a disability, but an opportunity.read more
You are not your family nor or you your families mistakes.read more
I was told frequently that I was hated for something as simple as not loading the dishwasher “right”.read more
I hadn’t seen nor talked to B for months and suddenly I was being framed for bullying.read more
It felt like I was sitting there for hours on end shaking my head, begging God to take all of the pain away.read more
I was so engulfed with my own problems and hardships, that I had forgotten to look around and see all the other people struggling along with me.read more
My parents took me out of high school and put me in a treatment center for eating disorders.read more
I was born to a drug addicted teenage girl on the streets of Haiti.read more
When I was six years old, I was diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder and spent the summer at a residential treatment center.read more
When I was younger, I woke up with intense, awful pain in my knee and lower leg.read more
My general perspective on life also changed. Before this experience, I was judgmental about any situation I felt wasn’t “normal” or “right”.read more
When I was a kid I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.read more
“Well, why would you want to throw away your life so easily, when grandma fought so hard to keep hers?”read more
Finally, I decided not to focus on other people I needed to seek the approval of one person above all others, myself.read more
When I was in elementary I had a bad experience that triggered anxiety. I worried about things that most people don't give a second thought to. I worried about silly things. My mind could never rest because of my worries. I tried medication but didn't continue because...read more
I love shopping I've always loved shopping, what teenage girl doesn't? The only problem is, most girls know how much change to give when at the checkout counter. As for me this concept as always been a living hell. Since I was eight I don't know how to count money,...read more
It can be said that my struggle was a not-so-silent one. On September 18th, 2013, I was involved in a rear-end car accident on my way home from lacrosse. I was on the varsity girls team and just beginning the season. I saw doctor after doctor, and couldn't make it...read more
I have always thought of myself as optimistic and a lover of life, but I have now learned that life is not always an easy journey. It all began in 8th and 9th year I was bullied and struggled once again with my health. Things suddenly took a turn for the worst that...read more
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