For the first time (in my whole life) I am living in a different city than where my abuse took place. I think that has helped a lot. I used to live in a "college town" - there were always many signs and reminders in September- students flooding back to the schools, etc. The whole atmosphere of the city would shift just as the atmosphere in my brain would shift. But now I am in a larger metropolitan area and the academic presence here is lost among the regular chaos. But more than a change of location I think that I have done a lot of work to be ok with this time of year. I think its...healing? I never would have imagined getting to this point. It's almost the end of September and I have yet to even have a flashback. This is unprecedented for me. So it's good, it feels good. I am anxious about many things at the moment but this anniversary season is not knocking me down like it used to.