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The ex-patient can always be the best healer

WorldPulse, you impress me with your questions, you know all the right buttons to a woman’s heart and mind!

They say that a person who had a painful experience in his/her life can either become a healer or an exacerbator of the same pain in others life. Usually if this person isn’t healed from his/her painful experience, they won’t have the power to support others in their pain. My source of pain was the negative messages I kept receiving during my childhood about myself, which distorted my self-image and led me to withdraw from any social life, something that had very negative consequences on my emotional health as a child, and later as an adult. But God was so merciful with me that he gave me so much strength and persistence as I grew older to seek treatment and healing from the past, and rediscover myself, my identity and gain self-confidence more than ever. Today, I’m blessed to say that I see myself as a beautiful, successful and strong woman who has gone through the ups and downs of life and has experienced a lot in her 26 years of life.

My painful and isolated childhood made me understand more clearly the importance of having a healthy childhood, since this is the base of your life. A child has to be raised up in an environment that gives him/her self-confidence and unconditional love and acceptance regardless of his/her appearance or performance. It’s important to help the child and teenager to discover themselves and the surrounding world, to have the skills and tools that enable him/her to choose their track in life. My vision is to be a mentor for children and youth, especially girls, and help them to find themselves, their identity and their mission in life, to lead a healthy, happy and successful life.

One of the tools I used during my childhood and teenage years to get over my pain was writing. I wrote everything since I was nine years old. Actually writing was a part of my healing process. It helped me rediscover myself and hear my own voice, even if it was just words on paper. I experienced how powerful words are, and I believe in the healing power of writing. I want to be a world pulse correspondent to share my writings with the world, and to open up my heart and mind to other women around the globe. I want to share stories about myself, my community and femininity in Egypt with you and the world, and to get feedback, comments, and encouragement from others. I want to share my dream and my hopes with the WorldPulse community, and find mentors who will give me the support to give support to other girls in Egypt, who might be, one day, a WorldPulse Correspondents themselves!

This is my story and my dream. I hope that WorldPulse becomes a first step towards realizing this dream. Thank you for the brilliant idea of bringing women together on one platform!


Adepeju's picture

Hi friend, Are you sure your

Hi friend,

Are you sure your post was correctly tagged? I couldn't find in the the week 4 group write up. I think you should remove the asteriks.


mirette's picture

Thanks for bringing this to

Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

Monica Clarke's picture

You've come through your pain!

What a strong young lady you are, Mirette. You have come through your pain and I send you lots of strength for the future. Egypt's women, children, boys and men need your voice and I hope you will become a VOF correspondent.

With love from Monica in France

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

mirette's picture

Thanks you so much Monica for

Thanks you so much Monica for you encouraging words. This is why I love WorldPulse. I would love to read more about the Khoikhoi. Blessings from Egypt!

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Miretta Dear

Life is full of thorns and stones.We fight each day to remove those bad ones on the road.This is a captivating story.Well done.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

mirette's picture

Thank you so much Lucia for

Thank you so much Lucia for the encouragement!

Okeny-Lucia's picture


You are always welcome for moral support.
And continue to write
Thanks too

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

YAOtieno's picture

Healing in writing

Hi Mirrette,

This is a beautifuly written article. The beauty is in its honesty and simplicity. I can identify with you when you say you say that writing helped in getting your healing. The thing about writing is that it can be a double edged sword it can bring healing to the writer as well as to the readers.I have also had difficult times where reading other's stories helped make me better. I believe in your vision, indeed we share the same passion and I also hope that we can stay in touch.

Keep writing...



A candle looses nothing my lighting another

mirette's picture

Thanks! waiting to hear more

Thanks! waiting to hear more of your stories and accomplishments!

joyacomeaux's picture


Hi Mirette,

As I read your writing, I was curious to hear what had shifted your thoughts about yourself.

So wonderful to hear that it was writing.

I am so interested to hear more and more about your own journey and the journey of other Women in Egypt.

Thank you for being here and sharing your wisdom with us.


mirette's picture

Thanks Joya! It was

Thanks Joya! It was definitely writing plus having role models and supporters in your life that give you strength to transform and believe in yourself.

Rita Raj's picture


the power of words to heal and release one - it's like fragrance spreading in the breeze.thank you for sharing

mirette's picture

Thanks Rita for the

Thanks Rita for the encouraging words!

kati.mayfield's picture


Dear Mirette,

Reading your journal made me think that each of us here at World Pulse, as we write about our challenges and triumphs, is really a patient and a healer at the same time.

It is wonderful to hear that writing has healed you and helped you find your strength, and that you wish to use it as a tool to help other women do the same. What ways have you already begun supporting other women to write in your community? How can we, the other members of World Pulse, help you find the tools to support them?

Very glad to be reading,


*resolved this year to think twice and to smile twice before doing anything*

mirette's picture

Thanks a lot Kati for your

Thanks a lot Kati for your encouraging words. I remember when I first started publishing some of my private writings on Facebook, some of my friends were shocked. Actually my mother once asked me to remove some of the posts because it might put me in trouble. But later I discovered that when you always have an effect on people, because the more you break through your fears, you inspire others to do the same.

I'm hoping to find some helpful tools here at worldpulse that helps me in studying mentorship/life coaching, because this is what I want to do in the future. I also want to connect with all women that work in child and youth development.

Thanks again!

karenstevens03's picture

The Power of Words, Indeed!

Hi Mirette,

You have a strong positive voice that will continue to encourage your readers. Your lead-in was terrific and your essay was a pleasure to read. I was moved by your vision to bring healing to others through the power of words!

Warm Regards,


mirette's picture

Thanks a lot Karen for your

Thanks a lot Karen for your encouraging words!

You write eloquently with beautiful metaphors. But it is a little hard to understand what was so painful about your youth. Your parents didn’t love you enough and tell you that you were beautiful, and the men on the streets were obnoxious? I must be missing something. When you write next, I hope you will expand on what was so horrible. Nevertheless, since I had a horrendous childhood, I totally agree with you that children need to be raised in healthy, nurturing environments, and I am pleased that you wish to be a mentor to other youths.

busayo's picture

Well said!

Hi Mirette,
Well said my sister, if you are not there before, you may not be able to show the way. i totally agree with you that our experience in life can help to help others in the same situation so well because you will see yourself in them, remember your pain when you were like them and you will want to remove the pain because you know it is not palatable. go ahead and make your vision happen.


Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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