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thank you all, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you for simply being here to listen. it was a relief to finally put it out there, and to be heard.  I’m slowly trying to get to therapy or counseling, and go from there. 

again thank you all so much

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  1. rohina_kumar Volunteer

    Hi cogito-ergo-sum,

    Thank you so much for coming back on here to express your gratefulness. I’m glad you found a safe space amongst the AVFTI community and it’s so nice to hear that you appreciate our work. We’re always here to listen, support and validate the best we can. I’m so happy to hear that you’re trying to get to therapy and counselling – unfolding, processing and working through your past traumas, experiences and feelings will go a really long way, and will really help you healthily cope with any stressors that may come in the future.

    Please feel free to come back on here with another update at any time – we’d love to hear from you again 🙂

    Take care and stay safe!

    – Rohina

  2. Mary Ella Day Captain

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,

    I am glad that you found AVFTI as a place for you to be share your experience and feel heard. You should be so proud for sharing your story with us! I wish you the best, especially on your journey towards healing. You got this! We are here for you. If you ever need to share anything, please feel free to post again! 🙂

  3. leoreslavick Volunteer

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,
    Thank you for all the kind words! I am so glad that AVFTI has become an outlet for you to share how you are feeling. We are always here to listen to you and we look forward to hearing more updates in the future. Just remember that you’re doing great and that everyone is on their own path to recovery. You know what is best for you so make sure to check in with yourself throughout the process.

  4. sarahsays Volunteer

    Hey there,

    I am so glad you received the deserved support and ear to listen here. We’re here for you and I wish you all the best in your healing.

  5. dzreid Volunteer

    Hi cogito!
    It’s always good hearing updates from story tellers! I am so glad that you were able to find a way to share with us. Sometimes writing down what happened can be scary, but when you feel validated, & listened to, after writing, then it’s worth it. I am so glad you felt relief after sharing with us! Slow moves are often the best. I’m glad to hear you’re taking things slow when it comes to counseling. You know you the best, & if going slow will work, then take all the time you need. Baby steps are often the hardest steps to take, but once you make that first step, things seem to get easier. Wishing you the best! Come back & share again

  6. morganndelacruz Volunteer

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,
    I am so happy that you are feeling safe in this wonderful community/organization and that is followed by many amazing human beings. I am also so happy for you in general. Whenever you feel like you are ready that’s when to do it and we are here to support you every step of the way with you. And whenever you are ready to give us the update, we are here.

    Truly, Morgan.

  7. aegardiner Day Captain

    Hey cogito_ergo_sum,

    I just realized you sent this follow-up post. I’m glad that you felt supported by everyone here. This community cares about each and individual storyteller. We are always happy to hear updates and hope for the best for you!

  8. snandi2 Volunteer

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,

    Thank you for sharing! I’m really happy that we were able to help you feel better. We’ll always be here to listen to anything you have to say and help you as much as we can. Stay safe, and please feel free to update us whenever you want to.

  9. jcas120 Volunteer

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I’m glad to hear that posting here gave you some relief and are making big steps to improve your mental health. It’s great to hear that you felt heard. We are here to support you anytime you want to post again. I hope you have a safe week ahead!

  10. Northlane1991 Volunteer

    Hey, Cogito I am happy you feel supported and we are always creating a safe space when you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts. Sending positive vibes and support.

  11. ajklessig Volunteer

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,

    I am happy to hear that you felt supported! We always want to create a safe space where you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts, so I am glad you felt welcome. We are always here to listen to you! It is great that you are thinking about therapy/counseling and that you are taking it slowly. There is no rush, you should do things when you are comfortable and ready! If you need any help locating services, you can go to the Find Help tab too.

  12. musicislove

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,

    I’m so glad you felt heard after sharing here, that’s one of the best feelings when you haven’t experienced it. Please remember we are always here for you if you want to share again and I really hope you find a therapist that is the right fit for you. Sending hope.


  13. chompyapple1 Volunteer

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,

    Thanks for sharing this with us! It’s great that you feel better once your voice has been heard and that you’ve found encouragement from our comments. Again, if you need us, we’re here anytime. Stay safe!

  14. KatherineL Volunteer

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,

    Thanks for the gratitude post! It’s really significant to simply just be heard. I am glad we could provide that opportunity for you. We’re here for you anytime.


  15. colton95 Volunteer

    I know I’m going to sound pretentious right now, but I can understand that feeling of joy and relief when I’m finally heard and I’m glad that you’re experiencing that right now! I really hope that you’ll be able to find a good and understanding therapist, and that you’ll be safe and positive!

  16. mikaylaanne11 Volunteer

    Hey there cogito_ergo_sum!

    I’m glad that you’ve found some community here! We’re always available and want to help create a support system for you as best as we can. Feeling heard is a life-changing experience. I support your decision to ease into therapy! I think that’ll provide some great coping skills for you. Make sure you find someone who is trauma-informed; they’re usually better able to provide resources that you might need. We’re here any time you want to share! Keep us updated 🙂

  17. karinakalke Volunteer

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,

    I’m glad the comments were so positive! If you need help finding counseling or therapy, the “Find Help” tab is a great place to look for resources. Therapy can be a good step in the healing process, and I’m proud of you for considering it. I hope it goes well! We are always here for you.

    Sending love and support,

  18. Alyssa Day Captain

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,
    I’m happy that our comments helped you. If you need help finding a therapist or a counselor, you can find one in our resources on the top right of this page. I hope things will start to get better. Therapy is a great way to to talk about what is going on in your life and can help you figure out what is best for you. We are always here if you need anything.

  19. amilne9 Volunteer

    Cogito, you are so very welcome. I am so happy we could help, even in the slightest way, just by being here for you. Seeking counseling is one of the strongest things a person can do, and I am super proud of you! I hope everything goes well.
    -Ari <3

  20. Neesha Volunteer

    You deserve to feel safe and supported. I am glad we could be helpful. Keep doing the work and finding resources to heal.

  21. music2799 Day Captain

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,
    I’m so glad our responses were helpful, and it’s great that you felt you were being heard! It’s awesome that you’re thinking about therapy or counseling, and I hope it helps you if you choose to go on that route. I encourage you to do what feels right for you. Thank you for sharing your story and this update with us. We’re here to support you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out whenever you like. I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

  22. jcastle38 Volunteer

    Hi cogito,

    Thank you for your appreciative message! We will always be here to listen and you are so strong for sharing with us! I hope therapy or counseling is very helpful when you are ready to begin. Sending you lots of positivity!

  23. Breanna Volunteer

    Hi cogito,

    Thank you so much for this kind message! I’m really glad to hear that reaching out to us has been helpful. We are cheering you on! I’m really proud of you for considering therapy. Remember to be kind to yourself and that everyone progresses at their own pace. Feel free to reach back out if you need any more support! We are here for you, keep your chin up.

    Sending much love and strength,

  24. eagle206 Volunteer

    Hi cogito,

    Absolutely. We are always here for you. To listen and to help in any way that we can. Hope you are able to get into counseling/therapy soon! We will always be here.

    Stay strong,

  25. jyoung Volunteer

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,

    I’m so glad you found the responses on your previous post to be helpful. I think it’s great that you are choosing to speak with a therapist and seek counseling. In doing so, I hope you are able to find a path that works best for you. Please remember this is your healing process, meaning all of your emotions and feelings are valid. There is no rush; do whatever feels right to you. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

    Take care,

  26. Starling Volunteer

    Hi there,
    Thank you for coming back and updating us. I’m so glad that you found it helpful to share with us. If you’re comfortable with it, starting therapy sounds like a good step forward. If you ever need anything, let us know. We’re always here for you.

  27. Penrose Volunteer

    Thanks for trusting us, cogito_ergo_sum!

  28. rachelb098 Volunteer

    We are so glad you felt supported here! You truly deserve it and we’re always here to listen, any time. Looking into counseling sounds like a great plan moving forward. Good luck!


  29. CarmenR Volunteer

    Hi there!

    Thank you for coming to our site and trusting us with your story. I am glad that you feel heard and supported here. We are here for you and you are always welcome.


  30. Erin O'Callaghan Day Captain

    I’m so glad to hear that it helped to share here, and that you are slowly looking into therapy/counseling. Come back here and share whenever you need!


  31. zelda Day Captain

    Hi, cogito! I’m glad you’re going to counseling and getting some help. And I’m glad you found your voice heard here. I appreciate you taking the time to write your story, share it with us, and listen to our responses. You are so worthy of so much more than what you’ve been handed in life, and you’re so deserving of a life filled with happiness, peace and adventure! Even though you’ve been through a lot of trauma, you don’t give up on yourself.

    You’re very brave.

    I’m thankful I could read your story and (hopefully) be of some help. You deserve to take your life back from the abuse and torment, and I’m thrilled to hear that you’re doing it!!

    Have a great day, cogito. Please come back if you feel like sharing again. We appreciate what you have to say.

  32. Lex Volunteer

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,

    I am so glad to hear that we were able able to provide you with space to be listened to. You are making so many great steps towards healing. Please share with us again whenever you like! We are here for you, always!

    – Lex

  33. sarahj Volunteer

    Welcome back!
    THANK YOU for being your most honest self. I am happy to hear you are feeling a bit better after sharing your story. Don’t forget we are always here for support, so don’t hesitate to keep us updated on your journey.
    Take the time to do the hard work — it pays off. Sending you the best vibes.
    Take care,

  34. timms_andrew Volunteer

    Hey cognito_ergo_sum,
    I am glad we could all be here for you! I am glad you are trying to go to therapy. It is important to work through your emotions, and we are all here to help you every step of the way!

    Andrew Timms

  35. seanprender34 Volunteer


    It is so awesome to hear from you again and we are so proud that you are taking steps towards to recovery. Recovery means different things to different people, including how fast or slow one goes. I wish you luck and courage throughout your journey and please feel free to come back whenver you would like for an update!

    Sean Prendergast

  36. adrian Volunteer

    Hey, cogito_ergo_sum-

    I was not on the list of original comments before you published this, but I wanted to thank you for thanking us. We have a lot of amazing volunteers here at AVFTI and we all care deeply about everyone who posts here! It’s inspiring to hear about your lives and how you move through what you are working on in your life. I hope you find that this is a place you can come back to again. Your story of strength may not feel strong in the moment, but your strength is likely to become someone else’s after they read yours.

    Take care,

  37. Marissa Day Captain

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,

    Thank YOU for sharing with us! Speaking out about your experiences can be really scary and you did it! That’s the first step in healing. Please make sure to take things at your own pace. It may be overwhelming at times but you can do it!! Stay strong. We are here for you.


  38. ryannlashea Day Captain

    Hi, thank you so much for the update! I am glad to hear that you are taking these steps. We are all here for you!

  39. Ashley Day Captain

    It’s nice to see another post from you, cogito_ergo_sum!

    I’m thankful that we provided you with space where you felt heard and listened to. Seeking help from a mental health professional would be beneficial; you can have a second space to feel heard and listened to.

    You are always welcome to post updates.
    We’re here for you.


  40. JudithT Volunteer

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,
    I’m so glad to hear that sharing your story helped relieve something! It can definitely be hard to take those first steps, and even making the decision to find a therapist or counselor shows courage and determination. Feel free to check in with us and give us updates any time, we will be here to support you every step of the way!

  41. Caitlin Volunteer

    You ARE doing it! We are here when you want to check in!

    Keep it up!


  42. pinksky92 Volunteer

    Hello, I just read your last post. I am so glad that you are going to try and reach out for support. It’s a great first step! There is no rush or pressure. Everyone is on their own timeline.

    You have a lot of strength for reaching out to us and to also consider therapy or counselling as an option. I wish you all the best. Feel free to keep us updated!

  43. haesol Volunteer

    Hi, cogito_ergo_sum

    Thank you for sharing! I’m glad you’ve felt heard. It’s nice to know you’re looking for ways to get help, it mustn’t have been an easy desicion to make, so I wish you the best! Feel free to update us anytime you want. We are here for you.

    Stay safe.

  44. brookeA Volunteer

    Hi cogito_ergo_sum,

    Thank you for the update! I’m so glad that you found relief in sharing your story. I hope things go well for you in therapy or counseling! Thank you for sharing your story with us, and please feel free to come back anytime and share again. We are always here to listen to you and support you! I wish you the best.