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Wouldn't it be lovely if, with just a twitch of the nose, life, or any aspect of it could be changed. Instead, positive changes always seem to involve tremendously hard work, determination, and endless setbacks. How lovely it would be to have the powers of Samantha Stephens.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Grieving 3

Grief Stage: Anger

Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break. ~William Shakespeare

If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

The truth about all this grieving crap is that I know I've been in this process probably for many years--I just kept putting it on hold. So I suppose the only difference now is that I'm allowing it to continue, even though I really hate it. Actually looking at each aspect and noting how it affects me, somehow allows me to continue forward. I don't understand that, but it seems to be true. This particular stage comes and goes with differing degrees of intensity.

Anger is an extremely uncomfortable emotion for me. I avoid it at all costs. To admit that I'm angry, somehow, makes me feel weak. Therapist, Darrin, Jason, and Tolkien Boy have all assured me at various times that I have every right to be angry about what has happened to me, which doesn't change the fact that I still don't like the emotion. However, the truth is that I am angry.

Reasons I am angry:
1. My cousin betrayed my trust--once when I was nine, and then again when he lived with us when I was eleven.
2. My parents didn't protect me.
3. I felt helpless to tell someone what was happening, for fear of retribution. I was certain I would be punished.
4. I felt unloved and worthless.
5. I had more pain than I knew how to deal with--and no source of comfort.
6. I didn't understand what was happening--or why.
7. The only way I could think of to cope with my pain was to add more pain to that--to cut and to stop eating.
8. Even today, I feel certain that if people know that I have "indulged" in cutting, they will judge me. They will believe that I'm mentally unstable or stupid. They will not trust me or love me. I will become a freak in their eyes (I am not mad. I would to heaven I were, For then 'tis like I should forget myself. O, if I could, what grief should I forget! - William Shakespeare).
9. My cousin abused my 65 pound, immature body. My uterus was harmed in such a way that I could never carry my children to term. I had difficulty becoming pregnant. I have one pubic bone that sits higher than the other and a contusion on my tailbone as a result of trauma to those areas.
10. I have lived with fear of men most of my life.
11. Sexual intimacy has always been complicated. At times I have had to stop altogether because I've been so afraid--or I've allowed myself to close off and let the act finish--in essence the same thing I did when I was raped. This should never happen when a married couple is trying to express physical love.
12. Sexual intimacy still makes me cry sometimes.
13. I wonder, often, who I would be, what I could have become if I had not been hampered by fear and isolation.
14. I have phobias and PTSD. I don't want them.
15. Being angry makes me even more angry.

There are so many things about the whole situation that enrage me. And the reason I suppress this is because I find no outlet for my anger. There is nothing I can do to change the past. There is no satisfaction that would come from punishing my cousin. There is no good that comes of expressing this. It just leaves me messed up and crying and wondering how I can make this all right someday.

I hate this stage. I am not an angry person. I didn't ask for this. I don't want it. Can I please just make it go away?


  • At Sunday, May 06, 2007 4:58:00 PM, Blogger gentlefriend said…

    Anger is the flip side of grief. It is a part of life. It is not sinful. Jesus was angry. He teaches us in the Sermon on the Mount that anger is not sinful, but be careful, what you do when you are angry can be sinful. Feelings naturally flow out of the experiences of life. It is OK to be angry! Please accept it and use it. Anger in a relationship if expressed appropriately can be used to build a bridge between two people.

    What you do with anger is the key. It can motivate you to get up and do positive things. It can be your friend. But anger turned on yourself can lead to depression. It can lead you into a vicious circle dragging you down into emotional pain and numbness. This pain cannot be fully described and is often misunderstood. One escape is cutting: creating physical pain to distract from the emotional pain and further express and reinforce the anger you have towards yourself.

    You seem to be angry as hell and ashamed at the anger and especially ashamed at what you have done to yourself to express and escape it.

    The way your cousin exploited you makes me angry as hell!! I ache inside thinking of how it has disrupted your life.

    You have taken a positive step in writing this blog. It sounds like you have been in therapy. I hope that it is helping. If it isn't, find someone else.

    Anger can be your friend. Get angry at those negative voices within you that are dragging you down. Please stop beating up on yourself. (I know, easier said than done.) Recognize those self critical voices. Wrestle them out of your mind. Focus on the good that you are, the good that you do, the strength that you have. You are a survivor of many years of hell!! I agree with Churchill. Keep fighting forward out of hell. The vicious circle will only keep you there. Refuse to beat up on yourself.

    Eat properly. Get enough sleep. Get into an exercise program that can help you burn out the stresses of the day and release endorphins that will give you a natural high.

    Let prayer and scripture study support and strengthen you. Find peace in it. If you use it to beat yourself over the head and to remind you of your weakness, know that it is not the Spirit of the Lord speaking to you. His Spirit will not drag you down! Tell Satan to go to Hell. Please focus on the tender mercies of the Lord.

    If I am off target or sound preachy. Please forgive me. But I don't apologize for my anger towards your cousin.

    He needs to be confronted. If other people may be molested, he needs to be reported. You will be helping him. He needs you to confront him.


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