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found this place while struggling with long-term insomnia and other PTSD symptoms. I found support here that I literally wasn't able to find anywhere else. Glad somebody decided to create this 'place'. Thank you!

~ JOC26
My heart has never been so touched by the stories I read here, there is nothing superficial or ideals so high they are unattainable. The people here are real and are passionate about extending support no matter how bad your situation is.

~ VictorianRoses
Fort is a place where I can share how I feel, whether that be very good or very bad. I don't have to feel ashamed of anything that is going on in my life.

~ Jess
This site has been so helpful to me. I can't express how thankful I am to have support from everybody on this site. Words don't seem to do this site justice.

~ Angela
i felt the need to be around people who understand, so went into chatroom, and couldn't have been made to feel more welcome, so wanted to say a big thank you to those of you who were there and listened to my ramblings.

~ Insomnia
It's nice to see courageous, brave people making it and sharing ideas with others. It just feels so cool that people from all over the world can come here and join together and help each other. It's a hard road but I'm no longer alone. Thank you for this place.

~ Mottie
I'm understood. I'm not a freak of nature. I'm not a lunchroom chat topic. I'm a human with feelings and the people here don't push me, they just listen. For the first time. I have friends. They may be on a computer, but they're still my friends.

~ Busymom
the fort is the only place i felt accepted 100%. where i feel like people really do listen. a place that i can allow any of my little ones out instead of only a few who are stronger. all can be here if they want because its that safe here.

~ Ashley
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~ Kami
The people here are very friendly. Most of them have been through quite a lot in their lives - which makes them rich in experience, and great listeners, too.

~ Trevor782
So many things I've only been able to explain vaguely, and almost always, someone says 'Oh, me too, been there.' The courage and confidence I gained here gave me the strength to open up to people in 3d now as well, and I've learned what healthy conversations and friendships look like here.

~ WeepingWillow
I feel welcome and never have to worry about anyone making fun/not believing me. Very informative and helpful links as well. Thank you!

~ JordansMom

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(July 19th 2014) Tasha said:

A year ago today, I was in crisis. I thought that I was going to have to go inpatient, as the only way to help me through the tremendous struggles I was having with my ED and how it was affecting my health. I was actually looking for some kind of hotline or a facility when I found a list of resources on an ED website. All it had was the admin email for Fort, but I figured if there was an admin for this place, then there was a site too. I took a chance and typed fortrefuge.com into my browser, and read some of the pages. The more I read, the more I realized that I might have found what I was looking for. I didn't join right away, thought about it for a few days, and then, since I just wasn't finding any other resource that I thought might help me, I joined.

I was thinking I needed to go inpatient because I couldn't seem to find the amount of support that I knew I needed--even though I have a great T and had been seeing her for over a year--and thought that inpatient might be the only way to help myself. I've discovered over this past year, though, that peer support can be extremely helpful, in addition to professional help. Finding Fort, I found a place where I didn't have to hide. I don't have to hide my DID, I don't have to hide my abuse history, I don't have to hide the ugly aftermath of my abuse, I don't have to hide my various diagnoses, I don't have to hide who I am. Surprisingly, I found that ppl accepted me and liked me. For the first few months, I was kinda surprised at that, just because it was so far out of the realm of my experience up til then.

I think that I've learned a lot over the past year, being on Fort. I think that it's helping me heal from abuse and its aftermath in a lot of ways--even ways I wasn't even aware that I needed to heal. I feel like I've got this huge mountain still to climb, but it's nice to have support of my peers while I try to climb it. It's been really helpful to have discussions with ppl, ppl who understand how hard abuse aftermath is. It's been really fun to talk with ppl about what has and hasn't worked for them, to share ideas with each other. The support I've found here has been really invaluable to me. My T keeps saying how valuable support groups are in the healing process, and I really agree with her. I think I'd be in quite a different place emotionally had I not run across Fort.

Sometimes I wonder if I've made progress as far as healing, because what I'm working on now is some of the hardest trauma work I've ever done, but it's also the first real trauma work I've been able to do. Sometimes I wish that I'd been able to keep seeing the T I had just after I got out of the abuse. She was amazing, but she was working on helping me learn coping skills just so I could function and get through college and all the other things I had on my plate at the time. Sadly, I still miss her. I kinda wish I could somehow let her know how I'm doing now. From then until now I know there's been progress. I wonder if that's how I need to think of it--seeing how far I've come since I got out of the abuse, instead of trying to see progress at closer intervals.

The progress I've had in the past year just seems miniscule compared to what I feel I need to/should have accomplished. I guess maybe you can't rush it, though. I definitely know the pitfalls of overprocessing. Thinking about it, I think I actually am making progress though, progress I can see. A year ago, I wasn't experiencing my feelings like I am now, and even if that's the only thing I've managed to progress in, then that's enough. Expressing myself is important, and I have a feeling it's gonna be important as I go through more trauma work in T.

Guess I'm just trying to say that I'm really glad that a year ago I was at such a place that I looked for support, and stumbled in a round about way into Fort.


Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
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