art by  @ok_genie

art by @ok_genie

I have been in a monogamous heterosexual relationship with my girlfriend for a couple of years now. I love her very much yet I have sexual urges that go beyond what our relationship offers me. I’m ashamed and afraid to bring this up to her. I hope that she would understand and we could explore as a couple but I worry that she won’t be into it and that my desires will lead to the end of our relationship.
— ANONYMOUSLY SUBMITTED VIA #SHARETOHEAL

Lily Ostrovsky
I am afraid to talk to anyone about my sexuality. I haven’t told anyone. It’s been two years since I was sure. I know my family and friends are accepting, but I am afraid that they’ll see me differently. I’m also afraid that I will still not be able to find someone - despite being bisexual. My sexuality is just something that I have never truly embraced and I’m afraid to do it now. I feel like it is too late and that no one will be supportive of me.
— ANONYMOUSLY SUBMITTED VIA #SHARETOHEAL

Lily Ostrovsky
art by  @jameszucco
I’m scared to admit I’m lonely yet I don’t feel like being around anyone right now. I’m 53 and have a successful career and many friends. People see me as an inspiration. I have an octopus tattoo on my arm because when an octopus loses a tentacle it grows back good as new. I have at least 8 life breaking problems and have healed from each one and consider myself whole. I no longer want to die as I had wanted to do for so long. When I was much younger I was a cutter, anorexic, bulimic, sex addict etc. Always looking for love yet feeling I was not worthy. I don’t beat myself up every minute of the day and I can list my good qualities and strengths. I can even look in a mirror now and say I love you. I also have a wonderful counselor. Yet as I began with I am lonely...
— ANONYMOUSLY SUBMITTED VIA #SHARETOHEAL

Lily Ostrovsky
art by  @paulyblow

art by @paulyblow

I’m from a smaller family and a lot of the time this tuition they’re paying for me feels like a weight and something I don’t know I’ve earned yet. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to ever repay them for what they’re giving me and I don’t know how to deal with this responsibility of it quite yet. I feel pressure to do my best and [make the most] of my education but don’t know how to do that yet.
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Lily Ostrovsky
art by  @mohammedsalah00 ⁣
One of the most joyful moments of my life was the day my little brother was born. Even though I was only 4 years old I remember a sense of purpose and meaning that I had never felt before then. Today he lives a few continents away and while I do miss him very much the meaning I felt back then is a beacon of my life and for that I will always be grateful for his existence.
— ANONYMOUSLY SUBMITTED VIA #SHARETOHEAL

Lily Ostrovsky
art by @weisstub

art by@weisstub

As a LGBT Latina embracing who I am and coming out to my family was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I’ve faced rejection and I’ve battled with prejudice but I’m here to tell you it gets better. The struggle is worth it! The people who love you will continue to love you no matter what. Love wins.
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Lily Ostrovsky