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Help me beat this
January 16, 2003
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i cut myself when things get too much for me and I feel like I can't cope. I don't want to cut but it's the only way I can cope. Does anybody have any ideas on how I can cope without cutting myself to release my feelings?

January 16, 2003
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do anything but cut, go talk, walk, shop, play, give to others, give to you, but don't cut. Its a choice.

January 22, 2003
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I had a student a couple years ago who cut. All up and down her arms. She stayed with me for a little while. In short, I learned from her that cutting distracted her from emotional pain. The physical sensation made her feel alive. the bleeding and the marks it left were symbolic. We made a deal. When she felt like cutting, we sat down and made collages. Ya gotta have lots of magazines available. And ya gotta have someone with you, as you'll use the scissors to cut. This someone has to be a willing participant, make their own with you, and share what it means. this someone needs to share his/her pain, not make all "happy, life is grand" collages. We all have pain. At least from surviving puberty. Then you will feel safe. You would not believe what came from this child.
I can't share that, as it is hers, but I couldn't believe what came from me either. We expanded to making Tshirts with fabric paint. You'll become accostomed to free expression. I painted a field of sunflowers my favorite flower, and down in the corner, one with a smiling face and a caption "the hardest part is the aloneness." I learned so much about myself that day. And while she went on to join the carnival (I so wanted her to stay inschool) she quit cutting. I see her every once in a while, and we give each other big hugs. A bond will form, that can never be broken, and your life will change. Please, give it a try okay? I wish I could be the one to do this with you. I learn so much about myself from others, and gain a feeling of purpose to my own pain, when others grow from my sharing it and my own learning experiences. It's priceless. For all involved.

January 22, 2003
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One last note. Sometimes these collages are created between 2 and 5 am after a nightmare. NEVER say "I can't make one right now." Yes you can. Ya just go to bed early the next night, or call in sick and sleep. 😉

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