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Story 14/25 Survivor: Iesha Murdoch

Story 14/25 Survivor: Iesha Murdoch
By the time I was 18 I was beaten, broken, assaulted, addicted and found the rooms of 12 step meetings. I thought I was a survivor then - until January 4th when I was 21. I was raped in my house by someone I knew. This is when the fight for survival began for me. 
People say I "went crazy", that I stopped taking my medication, that I relapsed and just slashed my...

Story 12/25 Survivor: Donna Tack



Story 12/25 Survivor: Donna Tack
"She never seemed shattered; to me, she was a breathtaking mosaic of the battles she's won"
I love this quote because I truly believe that being a survivor means taking the broken pieces and making something beautiful out of them. I like to think this is what I've done with my life. Surviving is great, but THRIVING is even better. Taking all that "stuff" and turning...

Story 10/25 Survivor: Laura Silverman

Story 10/25 Survivor: Laura Silverman
I will survive
As long as I know how to love, I know I'll stay alive
I've got all my life to live 
And I've got all my love to give and I'll survive
I will survive.
- Gloria Gaynor
Survival. 
It's as raw and deep of a theme as it gets. Rebirth, resilience, reclaiming life.
My life today is a chasm apart from what it used to be. From the outside, the chasm can appear...

Story 9/25 Survivor: Doug Mackenzie

Story 9/25 Survivor: Doug Mackenzie

My name is Doug Mackenzie and I have 27 years in recovery from drugs and alcohol and am grateful to say I have never had to experience a relapse in that time.
What has allowed to move from being a victim of the power of drugs and alcohol had in my life to a survivor is the capabilities and tools I have learned on my journey to go through any circumstance in life...

Story 6/25 Survivor: Lillian Howard

Story 6/25 Survivor: Lillian Howard
My name is Lillian Howard and I am a fourth generation Indian Residential School survivor. At 6 years old I was sexually abused by an Oblate brother at a residential school. This had a negative impact on me for a good part of my life. The essence of my was being was shattered and scarred for life. I was faced with challenges throughout my life; aside from the...