this has touched me profoundly in a way that i desperately needed. i'm sitting here in tears because i've never been able to really speak about what happened with many people. i've spent my life trying to fix myself in the name of god, trying to be straight and cast off the shackles that the abuse i went through gave me but this helped me realize that these are not shackles, they are simply a part of who i am. it is going to take some time, but i definitely plan on embracing who i am. thank you for your testimony, it is powerful and it was just what i needed.