Holding of Wrist is posting supporter-submitted & inspiring self-harm stories ever Monday & Friday of March, Self-Injury Awareness Month. Today’s blog comes from Dana, please let this story inspire you as much as it inspired us. To share your story, click this!

I’ve been using self harm as a coping mechanism since I was 11 years old. In two months, I will be 20. I didn’t have an easy life at all. I was bullied, abused, and often felt suicidal and very alone. Whatever my past was, its done and over with now. I’m not sure how long its been since I’ve done anything to myself as I’ve never kept track, maybe a few months, all I know is that I continue to struggle with it everyday. I’ve found that, while more calm now, life is incredibly confusing and frustrating. I’ve found that there are a lot of people who will treat you like crap because of a few scars and they aren’t afraid to tell you what they think. I’ve also found that there are a few people out there that will love you anyway, will love you always, and will love you in such a way that you can finally begin to love yourself. It’s an odd feeling when you catch yourself liking you.