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Hello Everyone,

My name is Lauren, and I really don't know if this is the place for me, but I need help and company, so here I am. I'm thirty years old, and I'm sure that I'm going to be one of the older members on this board, and that caused a moment of hesitation when I signed up.

Anyway, a bit about me. As I said, I'm 30 years old, I'm a graduate student studying physics. I've tried to kill myself several times in my life, and I've always struggled with self harm in some way - including cutting, which I'm really really trying to stop. I suppose the easiest explanation as to why I am in this state is because I have severe body image issues. I'm a transsexual woman at the begging of my transition. I know that not many of you will understand what that totally means or how it affects a person's life. But, I'm coming here to stay alive. Because I'm having a hard hard time doing it by myself.

I actually do have a lot of supportive friends and family I could turn to. But I just can't bring myself to ask them for help. I don't want to burden them with my problems. I don't want them to think poorly of me.

Anyway, I look forward to meeting you all.



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Hi. I can say this site really has helped me from the stand point of being in a community where people actually understand what it is we're all dealing with. Sometimes its nice to just post a thought, other times something like the arcade is just enough to take your mind off other things. Welcome and I wish you the best.


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Hi and welcome...there are many ppl over 30 here...please find a way to identify one trusted friend and see if you can tell him/her that you are not doing so well right now and see where it goes...people who truly love you would want to be there for you...and no, you will not be a burden if it is a true friendship...welcome again and glad you decided to post...J


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Welcome to the forums!! You have come to the right place for support and just an ear to listen to you.. We will help the best we can to support you!!


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Again, thank you so much for the kind welcomes! I'm really glad I joined here. Even just reading other people's posts has been helpful for me.

Like I said, I just need to stave off some loneliness, and all these offers of people to talk to has been incredibly uplifting. Thank you thank you.
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