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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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"There is no point in competing with others. That is meaningless. It is my own last score that I am trying to beat,"

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AnnaLisa's experiences have been a life long endeavor. 
My life has been one challenge after another from the time I was very small. I would never be able to pick which was the hardest because they all affected me in different ways for different reasons. I overcame the same way I always do. I allow myself to process and feel "down" if I need to...I vent about how I feel about the situation for as long as it takes.. then I say "Ok...what now?" Challenges are just fuel to me...
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"The biggest obstacle I've overcome and continue to overcome is my depression."

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Haley's experiences were rooted in here childhood but became much worse around 14.
The biggest obstacle I've overcome and continue to overcome is my depression. The first thing that led me on my path to recovery was marijuana. I had started trying to relieve my pain with self-harm at that time. Within a month I had thrown away my razors. I started becoming more open minded and understanding which led to some understanding of myself...
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"In middle school, I was severely bullied. I was even pushed in front of a car at the bus stop."

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Eleanor's experience happened when she was 12 years old.
In middle school, I was severely bullied. I was even pushed in front of a car at the bus stop. At the end of the school year, I transferred to a public charter school that was everything I could have wanted. I poured myself into my schoolwork, determined to make myself better...
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