“I am a survivor. I have survived many things. The mental health system, suicide attempts, suicide loss, pet loss, high school, addiction, chronic illness, divorce, job loss, poverty and many many other big and small experiences that I was not sure I would live through.”- Julie DeRosa
I’m a survivor because no matter what, I stay creative. I'm a survivor because I am human. Because and the world has both violence and beauty in it and I seek to face them both. - Amy W.
I'm a survivor and life is beautiful - Margaret O.
I’m a survivor because I continue to choose love- Moriah H.
I’m a survivor and I still believe in the heart. -Holly W.
I’m a survivor because I’ve gone through hell and came out the other side. - Arwen M.
I’m a survivor because I’m still here, I have conquered demons I did not even know were there. I’m a survivor because I have hope. - Carol E.
I’m a survivor because though my life has been punctuated with deep loss, I can still find beauty and love in this world, and move forward. - Serena M.
“I am a survivor because this world is a hard place to live in.” -Kate M.
“I am a survivor and I am stronger than I think.”-Olivia M.
“I am a survivor, and I’m fighting to help my sister survive too.” -Amanda S.
“I’m a survivor because my sensitive and fragile soul has allowed me to move through life with optimism, understanding and positivity. For that, I’m grateful.” - Holly C.
“I am a survivor because of all of the magnificent, magical survivors who spoke truth to power, empowering and encouraging me to free my heart from shame’s frozen grip, and to support other survivors to get free as well.” - Leah H.
“I am a survivor and I am putting the past behind me and healing, one piece of peace at a time.
When I was in college, my hope was to eventually become an Art therapist. But I was going through some really tough personal issues, custody battles and mental health problems of my own, and I could not pass the math requirement even just to get my AA. So I dropped out.
My favorite musician was and is Michael Franti.
He has a song that speaks about "a piece of Peace for you. A piece of Peace for me. A piece of peace for every peaceful person that I see."
So I took that as my "mantra" for creating art.
And sharing it, and using it for healing. I am a domestic violence survivor, a child abuse survivor, and suffer from PTSD.” - Stephanie C.
"I am a survivor because I insist that my humanity be seen". - Greg H.