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Silent No More

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Photo taken by contributor Cla-c, a 45-year-old wife and mother of four who was diagnosed with Cyclothymia a year ago. She has battled severe depression, paranoia, and fearfulness throughout her life, and has always felt like an outcast. After she lost a much loved cousin to suicide, she knew she had to face her demons. Growing up in Africa in the 70’s and 80’s, going to a therapist was not part of the culture. Instead of dealing with her feelings and shame related to childhood trauma, she merely existed. She never felt like she had a voice, something that she struggles with even today. Her sensitivity has at times led her to isolate, which is especially challenging as a portrait photographer. She has come to both fear and love people at the same time. Today, she has a small but amazing support system. She dreams of having a cabin in the woods with the butterflies.

About this photo: “For the longest time, I’ve been silenced. I will be silent no more!! For my life depends on it, my soul hungers for it. Do not keep the children of this world from speaking their minds. I will speak of all those things. My children will have a voice… And so should yours.”

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7 comments on “Silent No More

  1. James Work Photography
    July 21, 2017

    Cla-c…let roar! Shout it or scream it as loud as you can. People need to know the demons that some of us are cast unto….en theos…jasL

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    • Cla-c
      July 23, 2017

      thank you James I so appreciate

      Like

  2. Mike Ross
    July 22, 2017

    We have to face the pain we have been running from. In fact, we need to learn to rest in it and let its searing power transform us. Charlotte Joko Beck

    Like

    • Cla-c
      July 23, 2017

      thank you Mike

      Like

  3. maureenjenner
    July 22, 2017

    Reblogged this on Musings of a Penpusher and commented:
    It is vital that no one bottles-up their emotions for, like a pressure cooker with a blocked valve, one day they will have to be released. The result can be catastrophic – or controlled, so let those feelings find a vent and revel in the release of tension.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Cla-c
      July 23, 2017

      thank you Maureenjenner

      Like

  4. Eduardo Mendoza
    August 29, 2017

    We have the right to express and tell our stories, silence only leads to more desolation, practice raising your voice, you and your family, hugs of strength Cla-c!!!!!

    Like

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