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  • dannicatwhiskers responded to a letter in group Mental Health 2 weeks ago

    Hi Lauren,

    Thank you so much for the encouragement! I felt better when I shared if that makes sense. It’s something I don’t talk about much, I sort of gloss over it, since it was pretty messed up. I think what helps is choosing my outfits and even wearing jewelry gives me a sense of strength and like this is my body don’t touch. I’m a very fa…read more

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    • Letting your truth out is empowering and freeing and inspiring it. Never hold it in. Always let it out. Keep being you. Keeping being strong. And keep pressing forward. Xox Lauren.

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  • Dear Sister

    Dear sissy,

    You are my older sister, even though people mistook us being daughter and parent. We are fifteen years apart, a huge age gap, but we never really saw the bad in it.

    However, you were like a mom to me in many ways. You said when I was younger, I would always say I want to go, and I would grab on your leg. You basically took me…read more

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    • so sweet! I hope you show this to your sister. She will absolutely love it. You both are lucky to have each other. She sounds like an amazing person with a lot of good advice.

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    • Wow, your sister reminds me of my older sister. I as well look up to her and so does my other siblings she was like our mother because she definitely took care of us more than our actual mom. Your sister would be so proud of you and I’m glad you have someone like her to guide you.

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  • Hi roger,

    Of course, no problem! I also get about going to new places and meeting new people. Anxiety has a funny way to make us see the shadow of ourselves instead of the full stage. I understand about defense mechanisms, keeping people at arms length and trying to read this person intentions like a profiler. But I’m glad Lauren made you feel c…read more

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    • Thank you! It was just 2 degrees when I snapped this photo and I was holding my camera with bare hands. Not to mention this train was traveling approximately 55mph so as it passed I was hit by an extremely cold gust of wind that sent me retreating to the warmth of my car. It was there that I transferred the photo from my camera to my phone with a…read more

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  • Hi Roger,

    I remember you sharing this in the writing workshop. I’m glad you posted and shared your experience. It’s funny how fate works when we meet people! Over a picture too, which was just wild and so cool. I liked how Lauren pushed you out of your comfort zone, but you didn’t feel uncomfortable and you guys got to meet up. The genuine…read more

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    • Danni,

      It was only the location I was initially uncomfortable with. As usual there was a fair bit of anxiety with meeting someone new. I remember you spoke of having GAD and I to a fair degree have it as well. At the time I met Lauren I had not told her about the story from July yet. I had feared that story might cast a shadow on who I am, I…read more

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      • Hi roger,

        Of course, no problem! I also get about going to new places and meeting new people. Anxiety has a funny way to make us see the shadow of ourselves instead of the full stage. I understand about defense mechanisms, keeping people at arms length and trying to read this person intentions like a profiler. But I’m glad Lauren made you feel c…read more

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        • Thank you! It was just 2 degrees when I snapped this photo and I was holding my camera with bare hands. Not to mention this train was traveling approximately 55mph so as it passed I was hit by an extremely cold gust of wind that sent me retreating to the warmth of my car. It was there that I transferred the photo from my camera to my phone with a…read more

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  • dannicatwhiskers responded to a letter in group Mental Health 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    Hi Ashley,

    It’s so brave of you to share this with your struggles and put it in beautiful poetic words!

    I like how you poem reminds me of slam poetry, it’s to the point and I can imagine a beat when I read through it. I like your own interpretation with how you deal with OCD. I feel like everyone might have different or relatable experinces . I…read more

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  • Hi Laruen,

    I’m glad you liked it and it was nice to hear about your own experiences! Yes, that’s it, we grieve our youth. However, we don’t have to give up things we enjoyed as children. I have a Disney plus account, someone said are you too old for Disney, I stared at them bc I like watching my favorite childhood shows and movies. Just because…read more

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  • Hi Shelley,

    Truly thank you for your kind words, it really means a lot to me. Yes, keeping focus and my ambition have helped me a lot to get through these obstacles. It’s always nice to hear someone has faith in me.

    Warmest regards,

    Danni CatWhiskers

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  • Trauma in the Middle

    Dearest Survivors,

    I’m always riding this carousel, which was always my addictive sedative like cotton candy. Sweet and familiar, but toxic with its sugary sweetness filled with empty calories. Everything has an expiration date, a person, and a place, which I would hold tightly in my hand before I say my goodbyes. However, I still found myself i…read more

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    • Aww, I am so sorry this happened to you. When someone violates you, it totally does feel like for a moment in time you don’t own your own body. But remember, you have persevered. You have risen above. Be proud of your strength and continue to move forward in life with power and grace. Don’t let the people who tried to hurt you hold you back, ever!…read more

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      • Hi Lauren,

        Thank you so much for the encouragement! I felt better when I shared if that makes sense. It’s something I don’t talk about much, I sort of gloss over it, since it was pretty messed up. I think what helps is choosing my outfits and even wearing jewelry gives me a sense of strength and like this is my body don’t touch. I’m a very fa…read more

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        • Letting your truth out is empowering and freeing and inspiring it. Never hold it in. Always let it out. Keep being you. Keeping being strong. And keep pressing forward. Xox Lauren.

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  • dannicatwhiskers responded to a letter in group Mental Health 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Hi Ashley,

    First of all, this poem was just splendid. I liked how, what’s the term, it’s like cut-throat and openly vulnerable to how we feel about ourselves. Shame and trauma, I hate how shame is put near trauma, since we shame ourselves for the trauma we went through but we need to keep reminding ourselves it’s not our faults.

    I liked your…read more

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    • @dannicatwhiskers

      I’m so happy I could write something that lifted our voices together and reminds us how strong we are on the inside. I like that you recognize how powerful writing can be for our therapy and healing. You definitely get me thinking how trauma is like elastic it sticks and it stretches throughout our lifetime but we don’t have to…read more

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  • Lost Girl

    Dearest Unsealers,

    This is more like a prompt, but sort of like a flash -nonfiction story I wrote a couple of months back. Thought it would be nice to share with you all, especially when you’re a young adult who is struggling with adulting and wish to have not grown up so fast.

    When I was a little girl, I used to pretend to live in a majestic…read more

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    • Aww, as I got older and older I feel like at times I am grieving my youth. But at some point you realize you don’t let go of what once was or who you once were, you just keep building and growing on top of it — all the magic is still there <3 Lauren

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      • Hi Laruen,

        I’m glad you liked it and it was nice to hear about your own experiences! Yes, that’s it, we grieve our youth. However, we don’t have to give up things we enjoyed as children. I have a Disney plus account, someone said are you too old for Disney, I stared at them bc I like watching my favorite childhood shows and movies. Just because…read more

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    • I love your writing, I also could relate to Alice growing up. I’m 26 now, yet I can still relate to her!
      Age is ONLY a number, Nothing Else!

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  • Hi Roger,

    Really, really, thank you for your kind words. This subject is very sensitive to me, so it really makes me smile and it’s a good thing to see so much positivity.

    I like the quote, I could relate so much, and I was nodding. I was never the one who liked following a crowd, I loved doing my own thing, and going by my pace has truly…read more

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  • Hi Lauren,

    I want to say thank you so much! Your words were so kind, also you can relate to this, and I feel like we have our own battles when people doubt us. Wow, your teacher said you’re smarter than you look That’s truly degrading, also sometimes we have this pressure to change the way we look, just so people can take us seriously can be…read more

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    • Aww Danni, anyone who is mean and makes fun of someone else is someone who truly isn’t comfortable or secure with themselves. Happy people don’t hurt people. Hurt people hurt people. Whatever someone says about you (or anyone else for that matter) is a reflection of them, not you.

      Keep being amazing!
      Lauren

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  • Chasing Education

    Dearest Unsealers,

    Growing up, there have been many times when I would see the gulf between me and my classmates ahead of me with their education. I was taught the same curriculum but had to have different accommodations in order for me to catch up to them. At times, I felt like I was chasing a clock since I badly wanted to prove I’m smart to…read more

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    • OMG @dannicatwhiskers This is beautiful. I was never diagnosed with a learning disability, but the truth is never thought I was smart enough. I was bubbly, outgoing and sometimes silly. Plus, I loved wearing dresses. People often assumed I wasn’t smart. I always felt like I had something to prove. While I did well in school, I never felt like it…read more

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      • Hi Lauren,

        I want to say thank you so much! Your words were so kind, also you can relate to this, and I feel like we have our own battles when people doubt us. Wow, your teacher said you’re smarter than you look That’s truly degrading, also sometimes we have this pressure to change the way we look, just so people can take us seriously can be…read more

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        • Aww Danni, anyone who is mean and makes fun of someone else is someone who truly isn’t comfortable or secure with themselves. Happy people don’t hurt people. Hurt people hurt people. Whatever someone says about you (or anyone else for that matter) is a reflection of them, not you.

          Keep being amazing!
          Lauren

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    • Hi Danni,

      Reading your letter here made me think of one of my favorite quotes. Henry David Thoreau was quoted saying
      “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

      I read this and thought how perfectly it fits your…read more

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      • Hi Roger,

        Really, really, thank you for your kind words. This subject is very sensitive to me, so it really makes me smile and it’s a good thing to see so much positivity.

        I like the quote, I could relate so much, and I was nodding. I was never the one who liked following a crowd, I loved doing my own thing, and going by my pace has truly…read more

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    • Dear Danni,
      It is so impressive that you have reached your educational goals. Even though you faced obstacles growing up you worked hard and made sure you did well so you could further your education. Keep up your good grades , stay focused and I know you will go far. I wish you all the best in all your future endeavors.

      Best regards,
      Shelley

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      • Hi Shelley,

        Truly thank you for your kind words, it really means a lot to me. Yes, keeping focus and my ambition have helped me a lot to get through these obstacles. It’s always nice to hear someone has faith in me.

        Warmest regards,

        Danni CatWhiskers

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