"Through the ups and downs, it seemed as if we'd lost each other forever."

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Grace's experience happened in her 20's
I've been fortunate to not have had to experience anything too difficult, but my relationship journey has certainly tested my strength. My husband and I grew up together, fell in love young, and were high school sweethearts. Life soon took us separate ways...
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"I thought that 5th grade would be better, that the teachers would notice. That anyone would notice. But nothing. I just wanted to feel."

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Ivana's experiences happened between 11 and 12 years old.
I've always been an anxious girl, never dared to do anything outside my comfort zone. Which, for the record was quite small. I've always been quiet and kind of in the background of everything. And in 4th grade that got even worse. I was really lonely and only really had one friend...
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"Everything that I had ever known seemed to have been a lie."

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Bettina's experience happened at 9 years old.
When I was nine years old (third grade) I was diagnosed with a non-verbal learning disability (basically means that it's hard for me to pick up on social cues and I have to work harder than everyone else to achieve the same results), parents divorced, and both of my grandparents on my Mom's side passed...
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"That was, quite literally, the greatest gift I have ever and will ever receive."

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Mel's experience happened when she was 22
Last January (2016), I received a frantic phone call from my mother. She had told me my step father, Dewey, had been admitted to the hospital but she had no idea what it could be. In a rush to figure it out, I called my step sister, Jennifer, and unfortunately heard the worst news of my life; or so I had thought. "Dad has Leukemia, Mel." I dropped the phone, I sobbed, I was crushed. What. The. Hell. You see, Dewey is the strongest man I know...
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"You can't do that, you will fall."

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Ocean's experience happened between the ages of 10-12 years old.
Being scared and consequently falling on my face when I was asked to do a skill that I had never done before, was for me quite terrifying. I did it because I did not want to disappoint in a tryout situation...
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