My name is Natalia Camarena, I'm 23-years-old and I'm a biracial woman from the Greater Toronto Area.
There really isn’t a start or a finish to what has become my biggest adventure. There probably is a beginning but I don’t remember it. All I know that it’s been a very long time, and an uphill battle with PTSD. For those that don’t know PTSD is post traumatic stress disorder. It is commonly associated with soldiers and victims of trauma.
I have been a victim of trauma. I have been sexually abused, raped, physically abused, verbally abused and emotionally abused. Now I refuse to remain silent.
For me it’s an everyday struggle, and smiling sometimes hurts me.
But it’s more than that. Because of it, I see colours that are more vibrant. I see the good in people before I see the bad. Food tastes better than it ever did before. I have learned to love myself and love others stronger than I could ever have imagined.
My pain made me appreciate life. What I have worked so hard for, what I was born with… All of it. It’s taught me to love all my bits and pieces, and to remember that no matter how dark it can get, the sun always shines.
My personal blog www.nataliacamarena.wordpress.com and my posts here on mytrendingstories.com are dedicated to those that fight alongside me, and to those that carried me when I forgot how to walk. It’s for those that can’t see the sun, and for those that held me every night that I cried.
This isn’t about how bad it can get, it’s about how beautiful it is. It’s about finding that beauty, and using it to fuel everything you do.
– Natalia Camarena
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