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Ana’s Story

Healed Scars

I first contacted Healed Scars in January 2021. The country was in
lockdown again and I knew what I needed: a supportive sisterhood of
women and professionals that would lift me up and would make me run into
the present.  I wanted to feel stronger and enjoy life. I needed some
general support, as abuse from 30 years ago came to light in January
2021 and overwhelmed me.
The charity was working under very difficult circumstances due to the
pandemic yet I was impressed with their coffee AMs and the self-esteem
programme. I was feeling low. How sad that a man had destroyed some of
my life! I did know that I could rise again and better but I needed a
village around me for a time.  I had also just been made redundant so
the timing was tricky.

Each session was led with love and empathy. However, the beautiful part
of Healed Scars is that is not about staying in the past and continuing
to go over stuff. It is about hope and the future. It empowers you.
I am a ton more confident and prouder of who I am and of where I was.
That is just a tiny bit of my life. I know what I want and I will not
let anything stop me. I now set more boundaries for me. I know it was
not me – it was something that a perpetrator did to me.

“I’m marching on to the best of my drum to quote the Greatest Showman!”
  THIS IS ME! Yes, I now have a clearer idea of where I am heading and
how to get there in terms of my trauma healing.  It was perfect.  I
don’t need to keep going over stuff like other programmes in the UK.
I am back, better and stronger than before. The therapeutic approach was
amazing.  The vision of Evelina was heart-warming.  She did not want to
just thrive herself. She used her experience to free so many other women.
Jen the Psychologist had a fantastic nature.  All the ladies I met
virtually were supportive and every session had good craic and a laugh.
I feel like I burst out of the prison that restrained me for few months!
Thank you to Nazia and Ewelina at Healed Scars too as they are gems.
I actually looked for a couple of months around my region for this kind
of recovery programme.  However, all the ones near me (this was in
Lockdown) so I was able to attend Healed Scars virtually!) were quite
depressing and not about being that powerful woman.
I’m glad I hunted out Healed Scars!

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