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Survivors' Prose

Goodbye, old friend:

This will not stop me. I am not going to let anyone or anything stop me anymore. I have shown that even though darkness surrounds me, I can still see the light. I am going to be okay. I survived. It’s hard letting go of darkness when you have been in it for so long, and a sadness plants itself deep inside as I say goodbye. But it is a relief. I am not completely recovered, but I am strong and I will survive. And as I suck in the fresh air, I feel my chest rise and fall. The air which was once so thick feels lighter, the blood pumping in my veins proof I am alive. I can feel it. I feel the world surrounding me. I feel every little thing and my god it is beautiful.

 

By Alisha Thomson

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