Dear Survivor, 
You will walk through the fire, and you will know the truth of it. 
You may fall into a never-ending pit of darkness, not knowing when you will touch bottom, 
And when you finally do, you will stand there, feet firmly on the ground.  
At first, this darkness will be terrifying. It is grief, pain, shame, rage. It is all your demons and it feels like suffocation, 
And you will stand there in utter blackness, 
And you will breathe, 
And you will examine the shadow enveloping you 
And you will get to know it’s shape, it’s sound, And after a while, you will become less afraid of it.  
Because you’re still breathing.  
Few people have stood in that place and made friends with their shadow. 

 Sister Survivor, I am with you always. You are stronger than you can even fathom. So even in the darkest moments, just know that there will be a light that emanates from deep within your heart, and that light is called compassion.  You are a super-hero and I am proud to know you. #survivorloveletter artwork by  @jessxsnow

Dear Survivor,
You will walk through the fire, and you will know the truth of it.
You may fall into a never-ending pit of darkness, not knowing when you will touch bottom,
And when you finally do, you will stand there, feet firmly on the ground.
At first, this darkness will be terrifying. It is grief, pain, shame, rage. It is all your demons and it feels like suffocation,
And you will stand there in utter blackness,
And you will breathe,
And you will examine the shadow enveloping you
And you will get to know it’s shape, it’s sound, And after a while, you will become less afraid of it.
Because you’re still breathing.
Few people have stood in that place and made friends with their shadow.

Sister Survivor, I am with you always. You are stronger than you can even fathom. So even in the darkest moments, just know that there will be a light that emanates from deep within your heart, and that light is called compassion. You are a super-hero and I am proud to know you. #survivorloveletter artwork by @jessxsnow

Tani Ikeda