wow. spot on! middle paragraph there in stage 3 described me to the T! (no pun intended).
What stinks is that these stages aren't linear and they're very organic. I know I wanted to blow right through them... I'm angry, I'm sad, I'm healed. But to truly let go and release those tears of everything that happened and MORE IMPORTANTLY, the effects of what happened... well that took more courage than I knew was possible. that's been the most painful, to acknowledge and accept that this is part of me. it sucks.
But, as Fun. sings... "It gets better, it gets better, it gets better, it will get better!"
May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground, carry on. ~Fun.