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#452380 - 11/03/13 10:26 PM One Full Year of Therapy
ThisMan Offline
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Registered: 01/22/13
Posts: 769
Loc: upper south
Another b'day in a few days and this will mark a full year of therapy. Three different therapists, one at a time, until I found one that fit with my personality and experiences. I have gone once a week every week, except for my vacation time. The first sexual abuse was when I was four, the last when I was 50. I started the therapy to become a better man, a fuller man. I will never erase what has happened but I can change my future. Have I been successful? Will I be successful? I don't know, but at least I am trying.

On my b'day on Tuesday, I will be in therapy. What better way to tell myself that I am still serious and committed to a better future. I say to the guys of MS, thanks for helping me, for listening to me, for guiding me as I work through to the others side. I could not have made it this far without you guys.
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For now we see through a glass, darkly.



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#452382 - 11/03/13 10:40 PM Re: One Full Year of Therapy [Re: ThisMan]
cant_remember Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 1048
Happy Birthday, ThisMan.

Look how far you've come!

Cant
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Recovery is possible. Hang in there, brothers.

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#452394 - 11/04/13 04:04 AM Re: One Full Year of Therapy [Re: ThisMan]
risingagain Offline
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Registered: 11/09/10
Posts: 597
Loc: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Happy Birthday, Bill!!! And happy recovery anniversary... may your river flow gracefully!

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#452424 - 11/04/13 10:14 AM Re: One Full Year of Therapy [Re: ThisMan]
traveler Offline
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Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 3704
Loc: somewhere in Africa
LIKE!

LEE
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"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself... And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." - Paulo Coelho


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#452425 - 11/04/13 10:37 AM Re: One Full Year of Therapy [Re: ThisMan]
BuffaloCO Offline


Registered: 07/14/12
Posts: 457
Loc: USA
Hi ThisMan,

Happy Birthday and thanks for your support too. I've been going to individual T off and on for almost 3 years. I've been here just over a year and both have helped me a lot, more then I know how to describe even.

Like you my abuse stuff started when I was really young and went on for years. T has helped me break chains I did not even know were on me, like shame and guilt. It's been almost a whole year since I had a nightmare and I don't worry about them coming back. Even if they do, I know how to deal with them now. Most important, I see me differently then I ever did before.

I don't know what the future holds, but I know it will be a lot better then what I left behind. You are successful. My T told me just to look at where I was and compare it to where I am now when I doubt my progress. Sometimes it's tough, but no way is it like it was before. Thanks for the reminder and congratulations!
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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” - Plato

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#452427 - 11/04/13 10:50 AM Re: One Full Year of Therapy [Re: ThisMan]
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Registered: 10/15/12
Posts: 921
Loc: New York
Happy Birthday, TM. It's been a joy to watch you grow stronger and more self-confident since you've been here.
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My story

"Don't think it hasn't been a little slice of Heaven just because it hasn't!" --Bugs Bunny

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#452433 - 11/04/13 11:25 AM Re: One Full Year of Therapy [Re: ThisMan]
DavoSwim Offline
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Registered: 02/06/13
Posts: 366
Loc: Iowa, USA
Happy Birthday. Congratulations on the success you've achieved in the last year. Your positive attitude is contagious and inspirational.

Dave

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#452466 - 11/04/13 04:50 PM Re: One Full Year of Therapy [Re: ThisMan]
Jude Offline


Registered: 08/09/12
Posts: 1601
Loc: New England
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Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories
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#452503 - 11/04/13 10:23 PM Re: One Full Year of Therapy [Re: ThisMan]
ThisMan Offline
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Registered: 01/22/13
Posts: 769
Loc: upper south
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME VIDEO, Jude!!!!

Thanks, guys, for the boost. I just had this wild fantasy that all those skating babies were us before the "big uglies" got to us... just young and innocent and dancing and skating.... so very cool.
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#452506 - 11/04/13 10:54 PM Re: One Full Year of Therapy [Re: ThisMan]
KMCINVA Offline
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Registered: 08/31/11
Posts: 2000
Great to hear. You are right we can never erase the abuse--only learn to accept it and accept it was not our fault. Your attitude is positive and it can be seen in your writing. Acceptance is so important in healing--such a simple concept but locked in the mind of the child within the man.

Best wishes

Kevin

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