I am issuing an official trigger warning.
Trigger warnings are meant to protect those who are affected by difficult subjects as a result of their own personal trauma.
This is meant to be a buffer — a moment to prepare yourself. Trigger warnings are a way to notify the reader of what is to come and give them a moment to assess if they are in a good place to continue reading. Environmentally and emotionally.
I will always issue a trigger warning at the start of any blog post that talks about difficult subjects. Most commonly you’ll find them at the start of blog posts that focus on abusive relationships.
There are many kinds of abuse. More and more people are becoming aware of the fact that abuse doesn’t always come in the form of a fist.
Emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, physical abuse, the list goes on.
I was in an abusive relationship for 4 years. It’s been quite the journey to get on the road to recovery, but I’m here.
Recovery is a long process, and it looks different for everyone.
For me, right now, part of my recovery is coming to terms with the reality that was my life, accepting it, growing from it and moving on.
Why Write About It?
Writing helps me get my feelings out of my body. I can write and let out my tears as I struggle to find the next words and when it’s all done… I feel better.
Going back to reread what I’ve written helps me focus on and accept reality. To sit down and remember what really happened and stop forgetting about the bad times when I’m wishing to go back to the ‘good life’.
I share what I write so that I can grow from my experience. Talking about my journey takes great confidence and strength.
When I’ve written about, accepted and learned from my experience, I feel like I’m more able to let go of my past.
I can own who I am, what my story is, and hold my head up high as I start my next chapter.
My Abusive Relationship
My name is Katrina and I was in an abusive relationship with my husband for 4 years. There is so much to say about my relationship, and there are always two sides to every story. This is mine.
I do want to say that I wish my Ex the very best, happiest life he can live. I love him… Loved him.
He was my first boyfriend. My first love. We were madly in love. We got married. We had a beautiful baby boy together. We have amazing memories and have been through much in our time together.
I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. I did everything I could to try and make our relationship work. But when the moment came to choosing between my husband and my son, I chose my son.You go Momma! Join the journey to freedom from #DomesticAbuse Click To Tweet
Join me on the Road to Recovery
Recovery takes time. And sometimes we think we understand and have healed when we have merely put a bandaid on so we can work on the next laceration. This is okay. Recovery is a process.
I invite you to join me on the road to recovery. I hope to inspire and give hope to those who are in a similar boat to myself, and give insight to others so they can never find themselves in a situation like I did.
Recovery isn’t just about realizing who your abuser truly is and getting away from them. The further down the road I manage to go, the more road blocks, left turns, and problems keep popping up.
There is a lot of self-awareness and self-growth happening for me here. Please be kind and be aware that I am doing my very best and have not found the answers.
I just found my voice.
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