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#ThisLittleGirlisMe 💔

This little girl is me, sitting for a press photography for the school pantomime. But behind that facade, there's a world of fear and insecurity. Trauma, abuse, and abandonment had been my companions, shaping the contours of my existence. I've known the feeling of being unloved and unwanted, constantly aware of my differences from the other children. I yearned to blend in, to be just like them, and the thought of speaking up felt like an insurmountable mountain. I was, in essence, frightened of my own shadow.

If I could reach out to that timid, scared little girl today, I'd tell her that her journey will take unexpected turns. She will find love, build a loving family, and discover her true calling. Her mantra will be "Tomorrow will be a better day," a guiding light through life's storms. I'd remind her to be kind to herself, for she is loved and worthy. She is more than enough, despite the challenges and obstacles that life will inevitably throw her way. I'd encourage her to stand tall, never surrender, believe in herself, and relentlessly chase her dreams

But as I reflect on my own journey, I believe that there's a powerful message that extends beyond my story—a call to action for other trauma survivors.

Dear fellow survivors,

I want you to know that you're not alone. The shadows of trauma, abuse, and abandonment can be overwhelming, but your strength and resilience shine brighter. Your experiences, no matter how painful, don't define you; they've merely shaped the person you are today.

If you've ever felt unloved and unwanted, remember that you are deserving of love. Seek it in yourself and in the support of those who genuinely care for your well-being. You are not just enough; you are more than enough. Embrace your uniqueness and differences, for they are what make you remarkable.

If you've ever been too scared to speak up, take small steps toward finding your voice. The process may be daunting, but your experiences have given you a depth of understanding and empathy that can help others. Your story has the potential to be a source of inspiration and healing.

Life will inevitably throw challenges and obstacles your way, but please remember that you have the strength to overcome them. You have the power to stand tall and resiliently navigate through the storms. Believe in yourself, even when doubt lingers, and follow your dreams with unwavering determination.

You are not defined by your past; you are defined by your resilience and your capacity to heal. #ThisLittleGirlIsMe is not just my story; it's a reminder that survivors like us can rise above the darkness and find our own light. Let's embrace our strength and share our stories to inspire others, because there is a survivor in all of us. 🌟💪

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