Today is your lucky day. As a fellow Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW) survivor who is still knee deep in healing (about eight weeks in, not that I'm counting), I have penned this handy-dandy list of things that make TSW awesome. The truth is, my friend, that when life hands you lemons you make lemonade.
After what feels like a lifetime of battling drug and alcohol addiction, and my own tenuous mental health issues, three years ago -- at the age of 47 -- I finally found the strength to tell my wife and adult son that I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Like too many other survivors of childhood sexual violence who decide to go public with their disclosure, I have lost contact with my mother and my siblings as a result. If you really want to know how to destroy an already fragile soul, take away the one thing that a survivor of sexual violence needs most -- connection, which equates as validation and worthiness.