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Like The Root Of The Aspen

I am a 55 year old woman, who has integrated from having over 29 personalities
from severe child abuse. The title of my story has significant meaning because
an entire grove of Aspen trees have but one root structure. The grove
symbolizes what it feels like to have Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). One
body (the root structure) and many personalities (the trees). Each tree unique
unto itself yet connected by one root.
Another intriguing co-incidence about the Aspen is that the grove will only grow
where there has been a natural disaster, such as a forest fire or avalanche. The
Aspen grows quickly, acting as a cover and it is Mother Nature’s way of
protecting the new growth of evergreen trees. I am not able to say that my
childhood was in any way natural, however; it was definitely a disaster.
Writing my life story was always a goal. I now know that it was simply another
tool I used so that when the uncontrollable behaviors were happening, I had a
plan. I believe we all have a purpose, and sometimes we have a hard time
figuring out what it is. Let me tell you, when you have at least 29 personalities,
and all of them have their individual opinions, it takes a long time to do find your
purpose much less to do something as intense as writing my story. Every time I
would start to write, one of the personalities, especially the ones that were
convinced we would be harmed by telling anyone what happened, they would
burn my writings. Every time I tried, there was conflict within my system or the
timing wasn’t right, so the writing remained a dream that may happen, or to be
completely honest with you, a wish that would never come true. And then I
recovered.
Today, I am the evergreen, I am celebration of new growth, and I am proof that
the past does not control the present. I have been through the fires, the
avalanches, the heartache and now the recovery. I have survived scraping for
the scraps thrown my way, the dark times when death seemed the only option.
Today I do not have to accept the unacceptable. Today I can revel in the fact
that I am still here! Today my life is celebration of merriment and a jubilee of
love, forgiveness, gratitude and humility and oneness.

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dinamarieetal's picture

Voices Rising

I feel so blessed that I found this sight. Women have wonderful strong stories to tell that share hope with the world. Thank you all for all of your good works.

ana hamuka's picture

what a beautiful metaphor

what a beautiful metaphor you've found for the suffering in your life. I wish you the best of luck writing your life story—it sounds like a powerful story to share. thanks for starting here and sharing a little bit of it with us!

xx ana

Fatima Waziri's picture

You have a powerful voice and

You have a powerful voice and there are thousands of people out there waiting to listen. Celebrate life everyday.

Peace!
Fatima

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