I AM a Phoenix Rising...

April 1, 2019
I AM a Phoenix Rising...

by Tiffany Olival 

On my mind, body, and soul-healing.
I’m a broken heart mending and a fog lifted,
losses turning into gains and defeat to fighting,
I am crushed esteem becoming confidence,
danger into safety, fear unveiling courage and hiding into truth.
I am insecurity transforming into peace,
doubt to trust, deceit to honesty.
I am betrayal recovering as loyalty,
grief into joy and rejection as acceptance.
Shutters and tears are replaced by smiles and laughter,
being controlled becomes hobbies and self-care.
I am isolation now building relationships,
many pieces becoming whole, the lost being found.
I am more than my past. I am being made new, a phoenix rising.

I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth



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