Learning to Accept Money From Others Has Helped Me Heal From Abuse

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On July 15th, a year and thirteen days after I accepted my boyfriend’s proposal of committed life-long partnership, I sat shaken in our bed after one fight too many, Facebook-messaging my friends to ask for money.

I cannot stress enough how much this goes against my upbringing. My mother taught me self-reliance in spades. I got my first job a few months shy of sixteen so I could pay for driver’s ed and take over payments on her car. I also became...

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