I was traumatized, and I found out that the worst thing about being traumatized is the inability to articulate the experience, to process the emotions and to incorporate it all into one's life narrative.
I do not feel traumatized any more, as I found words to articulate it - if it is mentionable, it is manageable;
I processed the emotions and I placed the responsibility for what happened to me where it belongs - with perpetrators;
and I incorporated the experience into my life narrative: not as a defining aspect of my life, but rather as one piece that explains a lot of my previous coping mechanisms that only now I can see for what they were.
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