Raising funds for First Person Plural.
“I am a survivor of extreme child sexual abuse and exploitation. As a result of my experiences, I live with complex-PTSD and polyfragmented Dissociative Identity Disorder.
On the 9th June I will be joining 10,000 open water swimmers and taking part in the Great North Swim! The challenge involves swimming 2 miles (125 lengths) of Lake Windermere.
For me, swimming in open water has always felt like coming home. I feel truly alive and at peace in the cold and quiet of a deep lake, surrounded by trees and mountains. Swimming for 2 miles, however, with thousands of people, will be a challenge!
The sheer volume of swimmers and spectators will be scary. I’ll need to manage the panic I feel when water splashes in my face, and to overcome my claustrophobia so I can tolerate wearing a wetsuit. The flash of cameras pointed at me is likely to be very triggering. I also have instability in my pelvis which causes pain that I will need to cope with on the day. Preparing psychologically will be even more important than my physical training!
This is a huge challenge, but I believe I can do it! And I know the funds I raise will help other survivors in their recovery.”
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