[female, age 20, began to SI at age 17, unemployed]
By Draco Malfoy,
My parents were very, VERY upset, being strict Christians, and it was the topic of many ensuing battles between us, along with my subsiquent denial of their religion. They never stopped loving me though, and now those scars too have healed over. Those friends who knew but didn’t SI themselves were supportive and tried to help me, though deep down I didn’t really want to be helped, and eventually drove them away because of that. It hurt to lose them, but I realize now that it was my own doing, and I cannot change the past. My friends who turned out to be SI-ers as well were not joyful at the discovery so much as happy to recognize a part of themselves in me, as I was with them. Sharing our pains together, when before we had been very alone, made us closer and more dangerous.
Person [female, age 20, began to SI at age 17, unemployed]