Writings by Madison Edwards
I first experienced trauma when I was molested at the age of 4. Since that day, I have struggled with mental illness. For many years, I tried to mask all my feelings in self-destructive ways, such as acts of self-harm, substance abuse, an eating disorder and suicidal thoughts/attempts. In my early teens, my long-term boyfriend began abusing me sexually, psychically and emotionally. This eventually led to him grooming me into being a sex worker for him. I began seeking behavioral services at the age of 14.
Since starting therapy, I have been able to face all the effects of my past trauma that I had been masking for so long, and with the help of amazing behavioral health workers, I have come to terms with my mental illness. As I express in some of my writings, I am not ashamed of having a mental illness, and my mental illness or past experiences do not define me as a person. I am so much more than all those things. I am a woman, a daughter, a friend and a survivor. These are a few of my writings: