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Finding the Strength to Say 'I'm in Pain'

I’ve had a bad habit of always internalizing what I was feeling. This is mostly the result of growing up in an environment that punished human emotions and belittled feelings of pain, deeming it wrong to share things like a person’s physical struggles and labeling it as “complaining.” I was told someone always had it worse, so what I was experiencing wasn’t bad.

I needed to be thankful, period. Because of that conditioning, I didn’t learn how to translate what my body was trying to tell me.

From my physical health to my mental health, I didn’t truly have the skills to gauge how I was doing and definitely hadn’t learned to speak up to ask for help.

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