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Writing By A Warrior – By Dannielle Attree

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Dannielle has kindly shared her blog and poems with Anna

Dannielle said: “This poem is reflective of who I am, My Autism diagnosis, the number of years I have spent trapped in hospital, why I started writing and how it helps Me, why I share My writing and how I would hope My poetry would benefit others. 

I have also added a photo of Myself so You can see what I look like!! (In this photo I am wearing My Angel brother Luke’s cap.
My big brother passed away in 2015, aged 22).

Anna Kennedy shared: “Dannielle is a talented and powerful writer, and she is such a courageous and brave young woman especially when she feels trapped in the mental health unit. She just wants to be loved, cared for, shown kindness, feel safe, be accepted and have her freedom.”

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Writing by a warrior

I thought I would type a little poem for You to get to know about Me,

I am Dannielle Attree, a young lady who got her Autism diagnosis, aged 22 in 2019.

I have been trapped in the UK Mental Health System since the 10tth of February 2010-

Totalling 12 years fighting countless wars.

Poetry and Writing became My escape,

The only place I found freedom was within the creativity of My mind

As I spent every day locked away behind door after door.

After years of being secluded from life

I saw Myself as unseen, unheard, The Girl with No Voice and No Face.

Writing in My journals helped Me turn My pain into power

As I believed that one day it would be read, heard, and would find a place to be displayed.

So, by sharing My writing on My blog and Instagram,

I am letting the lion within Me roar louder than the traumas I have endured –

Remaining unbreakable like a gemstone.

Hoping My words inspire others,

Help them through their darkness,

And let them know they are not alone.

Written by Dannielle Attree on Thursday 10th of February 2022.

 The link to Dannielle’s blog is: https://dapoetryblog.wordpress.com/

The link to Dannielle’s Instagram is: https://www.instagram.com/dannielleattree_/

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