I am grateful for….

Since coming to Wellington I have learned a great deal of new,  healthier coping skills, as well as more effective ways of expressing my feelings, new things about myself that I didn’t even know, and much more.

There are so many things about Wellington that I am grateful for. I am grateful for all of my wonderful staff here that wants so much to help me and see me succeed. As much of a pain I have been sometimes, they still love and care about me and want good things for me. I’ve learned much healthier ways of coping with my issues, like journaling instead of purging. Asking for help and reaching out to staff and/or my peers instead of cutting. I haven’t mastered these skills perfectly yet, but I have gotten 20x better using them since I first came to Wellington. I have learned much more effective ways of expressing my emotions, especially my anger towards people without lashing out and being rude and hurtful. I have learned to use “I feel” statements and assertiveness instead of aggression. Much like the coping skills, I have not gotten this down to perfection, but it is a work in progress and something I am getting somewhat better at. I am so happy that I have been introduced to meetings in my area to go too.

My therapist has really opened my eyes.

I realize that I not only need to fix my relationship with my mom, but I want to. I want to have a happy and healthy life at home with my mom. She is the most important person in the world to me and I want us to be able to live in peace and have fun and be happy living with each other. One of the biggest decisions I have made in my life was influenced by the help of Wellington; building a relationship with my dad. I have had such resentment towards him my whole life because of things he did when I was little. I realize now that he deserves a chance to be a father to his own daughter, and I am ready to give him that chance now and let him be a part of my life.

I am grateful for all these things, but the one thing I am most grateful for here at Wellington, is my group.

They have seen me at rock bottom, they have seen my ugliest side and that are still here to support me and help me through my recovery. I have been one of the rudest, nastiest, meanest person ever to all of them and they still have not given up on me. They have given me so much love and support and I probably could never have gotten through this without them. I love everyone here at Wellington and you have all changed my life. I am so grateful for all of you and the wonderful things you do. I cannot thank you enough.

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