**Note: Please note that this post originally appeared on Future for Fina. This post can be accessed here: http://future4fina.com/2011/11/20/5-things-an-abused-woman-this-woman-wants-you-to-know/
From her heart. Five things this survivor wants you to know, and five things many survivors want you to know. While some of my beliefs differ, I agree with the points she makes, and I want you to know this as well.
I’m not weak.
I , legitimately, walk the planet on a daily basis knowing that there is someone out there that wants to physically harm me. I live knowing that, at any minute, Scott could return. And I’m only able to do this because on a hot July afternoon I picked up my broken body from the concrete floor and limped out of the door, without looking backward. Nobody else did that for me. Nobody was there to protect me from the madness, nor did they hold me by the arm while I walked on a strained ankle and battered knee. I was in so much pain that I wanted to crawl. But I didn’t, knowing that if I took even a second longer than necessary he might kill me. Weakness wasn’t an option. Strength is what allowed me to survive. And it kept me alive every day…
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