You did not win.
You did not take me, and I will not let you in the future.
I will work to keep you at bay.
And I know it will be a lifetime of work, though some days will be easier than others.
Having met you and having defeated you I feel I am stronger.
I feel that I can take on anything and win.
While I may still think of you as an option from time to time, I will not meet you again.
I am strong, worthy, and deserving of love and of good things.
I will press on and I will make it.
There is so much to live for, so much I still want to see, letting you win would rob me of that.
I will not let that happen; I will win.
I am strong enough to face this world.
I met you once, so I know what you look like and how to keep from meeting you again.
I have the power; you do not control me.
I can do this, and I will.
I chose to keep living, even when it’s hard.
I chose to press on, and I will have a wonderful life.
- WAF member Lauren, 2021