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Tonya Ingram is a poet, Cincinnati native, Bronx-bred introvert, mental health advocate, kidney transplant hopeful, Lupus legend, cat auntie, and lover of Tom Hardy and The Office. Tonya currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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  1. This! Oh my goodness how I saw pieces of my story in this! Thanks for sharing beautiful. I will be going back to read this again. I love how we’re able to share our stories to heal ourselves and, in the process, help others too because many of our stories have commonalities for we are one.

  2. I know it was a lot of work to get to the place you’re at today. Know YOU are Loved and doing go work to make your 13 year old self heal. Sending hugs. Thanks for sharing this piece of yourself.

  3. Thank you for this article. Your writing helps all of us to see ourselves, advocate for ourselves and love ourselves.

  4. This is beautiful a article wrapped up into poetry. It’s exactly how I feel I just want to be free not hold to shame nor my past. Great writing my sister. Love and Blessing😊💛💛💛💛💛

  5. That part, Tonya.

    Proverbs 10:19 (KJV) says, “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.”

    I’m refraining from so much verbiage. It’s not because I’m sinning or that I am the all wise one.

    I’m just speechless.

    Thank you for sharing such a beautifully written, heart-rending peace.

    Kudos, my sister.
    I’m sending prayers up on your behalf, Tonya.

    Stay encouraged.

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