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  • Ashley Rivera responded to a letter in group Mental Health 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    @sadeb101 appreciate your encouraging words of validation 😉 I’m happy I could be encouraging to you as well and you resonated with my poem. Yes, it does improve day by day some days are more difficult but it doesn’t have to control us, we do got this in the bag! 😉

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  • Ashley Rivera responded to a letter in group Mental Health 2 weeks, 5 days ago

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    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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  • Ashley Rivera responded to a letter in group Mental Health 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    @theunsealed Thank you for putting my poem on the board it really means a lot to me. And also for seeing and hearing me through this poem. Shame is a ferocious beast that we all can learn to tame. I see you and hear you as well Lauren. We are mighty warriors that get to tell our stories through our voices. I am grateful to this platform and we…read more

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    • Aww I am so glad you like it here. We are happy you are here encouraging us, inspiring us and showing us love as well. What we go through in life I truly believe just shows us how strong and powerful we truly are. Thank you for being a part of this community! We <3 you!

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  • Ashley Rivera shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental Health

    Trenches Below the OCD Tunnel

    Dear Unsealers,

    I write this poem today to not fixate on my problems with OCD but to demystify OCD and fight through the silent sufferings that overtake me on countless days like this. I just want to provide an outlet for those who are in the throws of OCD or other mental illness.

    Awoke this morning with urgency on my mind,
    There never feels…read more

    Ashley Rivera
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    • 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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    • Ashley!! This is so good! It really captures how your mind and the anxiety associated with OCD impacts you. Writing is so powerful, I can feel you processing and facing your struggles.You are so strong. Never forget that. This poem is great. Sending love.

      Lauren

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  • Ashley Rivera shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental Health

    Poem about leaving trauma behind and Waking Up

    Here’s a poem I wrote to not let shame confine me anymore to its demands I talk openly about it in order to normalize it.

    Felt undeserving and unwhole when I grappled with that day.
    It spun me around as the vicious cycle begun under way.
    The clueless side of the trauma revealed itself, I blamed myself more than you know.
    I wrestled with being r…read more

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    • ASHLEY!!!!!! This is soooo good!! so strong ! So inspiring and so powerful. I think we have all felt shame at some point in our lives – often for something that wasn’t our fault. I felt a lot of shame after my sexual assault. This poem is so powerful. You are taking your power back. You are owning ! Claiming it! And letting the shame fall by the…read more

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      • @theunsealed Thank you for putting my poem on the board it really means a lot to me. And also for seeing and hearing me through this poem. Shame is a ferocious beast that we all can learn to tame. I see you and hear you as well Lauren. We are mighty warriors that get to tell our stories through our voices. I am grateful to this platform and we…read more

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        • Aww I am so glad you like it here. We are happy you are here encouraging us, inspiring us and showing us love as well. What we go through in life I truly believe just shows us how strong and powerful we truly are. Thank you for being a part of this community! We <3 you!

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    • 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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    • You can & you will ! Love this . Definitely resonated with the finding your authentic self under the debris of the traumas & Feeling reclusive . It gets greater later though , we got this

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      • @sadeb101 appreciate your encouraging words of validation 😉 I’m happy I could be encouraging to you as well and you resonated with my poem. Yes, it does improve day by day some days are more difficult but it doesn’t have to control us, we do got this in the bag! 😉

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