Ok so it might seem a little weird that I’m sharing this photo of me from 16 years ago (to the day) but there is a reason – this was the day when I moved to Manchester with my then boyfriend, what happened after I moved was something I wouldn’t ever wish on my worst enemy (not that I actually have any enemies) – physical, mental, sexual, emotional and financial abuse – it completely broke me as a person, it took years for me to recover and it wasn’t until 2017 that I found the courage to return to a city that I loved but that also held really dark memories for me.

The return trip back in 2017 was incredibly healing, I was supported and surrounded by so many kind people and it allowed me to start to paint over the trauma with new memories and experiences and I also connected with new part of myself that I knew I wanted to exist but this trip made it a reality for me 💙

I made a video when I made a choice to return to Manchester for the first time since everything that happened

If you’re ever in an abusive situation, you are not alone, please try your best to seek help – https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/getting-help-for-domestic-violence/

By Toby

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