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This is a project I hold dear, not only because of its purpose to help victims, but also because it is very personal and intimate to me. I hope that many other bullying survivors will understand the necessity of reaching out back to the kids who are suffering and help them get through their own struggle.

As hard as it is to revisit our own experiences, to reveal the most vulnerable corners of our souls and almost feel like exposing to world-wide bullying our children-self, it's something we must try to do... 



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OMG! my very first DD! thank you :iconnylelevi: for the suggestion and to everyone else for your wonderful comments and to each of you who have shared your own stories! this is my biggest reward, the response I hoped for, I am truly happy that I've managed to give some of you a bit of hope! Really, thank you so much!

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Given 2012-12-23
:iconnabilaclydea:
nabilaclydea Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!Foxtrot - Wow! 
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:iconaishiteru-zutto:
aishiteru-zutto Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...So much crying right now! T-T Great comic. It's a reflection of my past life and hopefully there is a great future for me soon...
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:iconmeorow:
Meorow Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen. God bless all who are going through such struggles!
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:iconbloodbuffy:
BloodBuffy Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Gorgeous, as usual.
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:icontinetheeviltwin:
Tinetheeviltwin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i am crying Q_Q thank you for giving hope! :) 
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:iconolooriel:
Olooriel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
If anything ever _needed_ to be a DD, this did.
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:iconrcris123:
RCris123 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
You don't even know how much I identify myself with the girl/woman in this story! Simply breath taking and heart warming message and art. A truly well deserved DD!
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:iconcheshirewishxiii:
CheshireWishXIII Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn it, why must you make me feel these feels!
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
This was so touching. The pictures looked amazing and the story was so honest! Life can be a hard journey but it is not about the hard things that happen, it is about the beauty you can find in it nonetheless :) You showed that very well, thank you.
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:iconfarwolaeth:
farwolaeth Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really amazing comic! I have never saw anything like this. It almost make me cry but then I just smile because now I know that everything can change and life goes better. :) Really amazing art!
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:iconxeonartomega:
XeonartOmega Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You are so much like me
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:iconsam-lynn21:
Sam-Lynn21 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013

This is really moving! :heart: I was brought to tears!

I know what its like to face depression and its not easy to get over, but from all those years of depressions I learned to become stronger! I'm glad I am not the only one that noticed a new found strength!

 

God bless you! :hug:

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:iconjansesu:
jansesu Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist
God bless you
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:iconamacey:
Amacey Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student
I was bullied too but I kicked their ass and took my revenge :iconevilgrinplz:
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:iconcelvas:
Celvas Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
I wish I could have shown this to my brother, who was a gentle, intelligent person, loved by the friends he made in life, but still haunted every step by the bullying and torture inflicted upon him for years on end in school. I wish I had told him that he needs to find peace in himself and that he needs to forgive - not because they deserved it, but because he himself would have deserved it. 27 years and nothing had changed. He had two PhDs by then, and insisted he was worthless. His friends, myself one of his best, loved him like mad, and still he felt alone and hated. He never told me, but I knew by just looking at the fake smile he put on when only one stranger came along with our tight little group. He never stopped loathing himself for who he was, despite everything he accomplished. I don't know what finally drove him over the edge, but his last words were, "I made a fool of myself."

This story of hope might not have changed anything, but I know he would have appreciated it.
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:iconilantiis:
iLantiis Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconx12-1992:
X12-1992 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing. 
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:iconelena-ciolacu:
Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! ^^
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:iconvikky1991:
vikky1991 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so thankful you made this! Even if I haven't been in the same situation I know many who are, and this is such a huge help for these people. Also it touches hearts. And lost souls. And gives hope. I honestly respect you for doing this, and I find this amazingly inspiring not just for my art but also for my life. So thank you! :hug:
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:iconelena-ciolacu:
Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
oh, thank you so much for your wonderful words!!! it means a lot for me to know that :thanks:
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:iconchokingames:
chokingames Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh... your story relates to mine greatly. no one helped me during my times of need, including family and teachers. i am 13, and i have already lost my childhood due to bullying. i thank you for making this..
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:iconelena-ciolacu:
Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you too! and don't despair, you still have a beautiful teenagehood ahead. Be happy, a smile is the best anti-bullying shield there is :) Enjoy yourself doing things you like, learn as many things as possible because now is your only chance to accumulate skills. Trust me in your adulthood you will thank yourself for them and for having given yourself the authority of knowledge :)
be strong :hug: 
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:iconchokingames:
chokingames Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow thanks! n_n Hug Tight Hug 
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GingerCat23 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
:'( My face is covered in tears. Beautiful, and so true!
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:iconelena-ciolacu:
Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :hug:
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:iconmydragonzeatyou:
mydragonzeatyou Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"because the bullying was gone but the damaged stayed."

i understand completely :p
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:iconspyder-web98:
Spyder-Web98 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well this made me cry
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:iconelena-ciolacu:
Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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:iconbluescarlet77:
BlueScarlet77 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
   I may not believe in god
But I don't think he's a fraud,
    to him at great height
He's helped find new light

(I know this is cheesy, but it's my way your flash was...*speechless*)
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:iconingodzhandz:
InGodzHandz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
God has been my best friend, too.  Thank you so much!
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:iconelena-ciolacu:
Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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:icondyingmarshmallows:
DyingMarshmallows Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Amanda was still no saint. That vid she flashed in wasn't her first it just got more viral then her others. Yes the kids didn't need to keep battering her over it.
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:iconthepokemonfisher:
thepokemonfisher Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
I am a victim of bullying ive lived through i am 15 i have a friend who runs a anti bullying page and its called bully defeat check them out on facebook btw i wouldnt have included god because it doesnt conect to every but still great i loved it made me cry a bit
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:iconelena-ciolacu:
Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :) I will check his page out.
I did not create the story to apply to everyone, I didn't even think people would actually connect to it. It's just my own story that I chose to share hoping that other young people would see a glimpse of hope in that, if I made it then they too can. There are many many bullying survivors out there.
I have received a lot of criticism for including God, but if I am to share such an intimate piece of my heart I will not leave out the most important part of it. I am free to speak about it as they are free to not like it
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:iconthepokemonfisher:
thepokemonfisher Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
i dont care tht theres god in it i just think people wont conect cause of it but great story did you really go back to the school years later
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:iconelena-ciolacu:
Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
some people did, some people didn't 
Thanks! :) well, no to be honest... but I will. Maybe this very summer
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:iconthepokemonfisher:
thepokemonfisher Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
It would be good for you
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:iconscootie-chan:
Scootie-chan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there any chance you could add the download to this? I'd love to download this and watch it on my other computer that supports flash. ^^
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:iconelena-ciolacu:
Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey! :) sorry for the late reply! I'm afraid I am not going to make it available for download due to very common cases of art theft :( (I'm obviously not insinuating anything about you!) I hope you understand. I'm sorry! but thank you so much for your interest in my work. I am currently working on getting it published as a hard copy book so it can be made available to more people
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Scootie-chan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe it's okay~<3
That's understandable too. It'd suck if it got stolen. ><
(*hugs* it's okay~ xD)
I understand~
It's very precious, and keeping it from being downloaded preserves that and keeps it from being stolen, no worries. ^_^
oooh~ **
That's a great idea~:heart:
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:iconelena-ciolacu:
Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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:iconkakotheshadowwolf:
KakotheShadowWolf Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Every time I read through this(which is often, mind you) I cry a little, and pin it to my own life.
You've helped me see the light that shines at the end of every tunnel. You are an amazing person to have taken time out of your life to make this. You deserve every bit of the D.D. you got. This is a masterful work of art, and I can't express my feelings of both gratitude and happiness that someone made an artwork like this.

It gives me hope, and makes my heart swell with purpose. As a child, I felt exactly like this, and maybe perhaps even worse. Just recently it's been getting awfully bad. But reading this through for the what feels like the hundredth time, I am reminded again that it gets better; it can't stay this bad forever.

Thank you again. You are a wonderful person.
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:iconelena-ciolacu:
Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My dear friend... I don't even know what to reply to your amazing message... just thank you from the bottom of my heart! It means so much to me to know that! Yes, it does, it does get better :-) and there is so much look forward to, you will one day get past these awful days and you'll look back and smile.
Let life happen, do not be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone, travel to a place you've never been and take up challenges that you've never even thought of, you'll know what to do and how to get past by them when their time comes, really, you will. And stay true to yourself, follow your own dream in life even against the possibility of financial modesty, otherwise what is the point? But above all, take a bit of your time to sometimes talk to God in your heart :-) ask him to help you the way he knoes best and never despair or loose faith because never, absolutely never would he turn his back on someone who truly wants to live close to him. there is no way that I could have ever cured myself and accomplish everything I have accomplished so fa,r without His help. As much as people will tell me that I did it myself that it wasn't God the one who put me on a plane or passed my exams in my place or looked for a job for me, I have to tell them that yes, it was actually Him, His help. I had every chance against me, from my financial condition to my low self-confidence and self-hatred, and yet everytime my problems turned out far better than I would have ever expected them to. I wish I was able to make people understand just how much happier and easier our lives would be with the courage, the dignity, the inner-freedom, the peace that faith gives us.
I hope you didn't mind me taking the liberty to write these small pieces of advice to you :-) I know there'd be many people who'd point a flamethrower of criticism at me for speaking like this, but I can't help it :-)
Thank you so much for your message once again! It really made my week! :aww:
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:iconkakotheshadowwolf:
KakotheShadowWolf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I love reading comments(I honestly have no life. :XD:)
I'm glad I made your week. :) I've never been too terribly religious, so I might not take you up on your "God will help you" advice, but I appreciate everything else you advised to me. I just have to get past the irrational part of my mind that cares what other people think.

I wish I could make something like you did, to reach out a helping hand to those who need it.
Wonderful work again.
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:iconelena-ciolacu:
Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sure you'll reach out a helping hand too, there are plenty of opportunities every day :-) and it is indeed such a fulfilling thing to do
Thank you again!:aww:
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PoeticNeko Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Writer
My gosh, I am crying. This is so wonderful and so beautifully done
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:iconelena-ciolacu:
Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! :thanks:
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