Copyright, Gemma

My name is Gemma and I am 22 now and leading a very good life after everything that happened. When I was 18 I was in in a physical and sexual abusive relationship, when I left that relationship I was left scared for life. For nearly two years I suffered in silence, but that did not last long. I started to self-harm, I would scratch my arms and cut them with razors. One particular night I was round setting fire to my dressing gown whilst wearing it in an area I did not live. When I woke up I was in a psychiatric hospital. I was in the hospital for 5 months, every day cutting myself, taking overdoses. My overdosing got so bad that I was rushed to A and E with my liver failing and being told that I had 3 days to live unless I had a 24 hour drip.

My arms are covered in scars but I am not ashamed of them. It has been a long time since I self-harmed, sometimes I feel like cutting because it is so easy and painless. I am now a mum to a beautiful little boy. I still undergo counselling with a women’s refuge and I am in the middle of group therapy.

I do have a full story. If anyone would like to read it, please e-mail me.

You can do it. Be strong and keep smiling.


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