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Michael’s journey

Our voices 17 October 2014

I begin my day at the shelter with no plans or, if I have an appointment, wondering how I will even pay for my travel there, as I do not receive any government benefits.

That is me turning a corner with a rucksack on my back, carrying all my documents, which have become part and parcel of my everyday life. Carrying my documents all the time bothers me and keeps me wondering when I will ever walk freely, without having to worry about carrying all these papers; when I will no longer be asked all about my past experiences, which is very traumatic and brings more tears than joy.

I am really very privileged to be writing to you about my life, which has been eased with the group therapy sessions I attend at Room to Heal. Still, I often ask myself “what does it mean to heal?” and “am I healing?”

I have met a very supportive group of people, in a similar situation to me, with whom I have bonded day by day. By looking at their life experiences, I appreciate certain parts of life more than before, when I used to take things for granted. Room to Heal has provided me with skills to overcome my fears and insecurities about my past, as a victim of torture and rape. They have equipped me with the confidence to be able to share this small amount of experience with you, however difficult it may be.

It is with great pride and excitement and relief that I am sitting here writing this. Never in a million years would I have thought that I could do this. I think based on this that I am making progress, and I feel a sense of relief. I am so tearful but I am glad I am able to share this with you all.

Best of luck,

Michael M

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