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Bullying leaves lifelong scars

It's been over 30 years since I left school (notice I didn't use the word "graduated").

Long term sustained bullying really left me questioning myself, feeling worthless, and being messed up for years. I had a hard time keeping a job. There was not a nickname (heh) I wouldn't expect to just "shut up and take it" nearly every day. My own given name was butchered to the point where, when I became an adult, I changed my legal name, since just hearing the name aroused angry feelings.

Many years of hard work have changed my present day situation, but even time can't stop the rude interruption to my endeavor to just move on in life. Sometimes the memories are so vivid it physically hurts.

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