Personal Stories

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. —Maya Angelou
Anyone who leaves Laestadianism becomes a stranger in two worlds, and no matter how well prepared we are, it can be painful. We are social animals, with a primal need to bond and seek stability in relationships. Research in neuroanthropology indicates that separation from social bonds is felt as a biological assault: the pain of leaving is no different from the pain from a broken arm, running along the same neural pathways.

No wonder leaving can be so traumatic. But when we forge new social connections, and help others along the way, we can help ourselves recover.

Please consider sharing your story. Don't be concerned about your writing abilities or whether your story is interesting. Don't think that you need to wait until you are further along in your journey or until certain questions are settled. We are all works in progress, always.

Confidentiality is respected and names will be changed as desired. (
As editor, I reserve the right to select which stories to share, and to edit for length or legibility.) 

You might begin by responding to these questions:
  1. What compelled you to leave?
  2. How has leaving shaped your life and relationships?
  3. What would you like others to know about the journey out?
You can email your story (or ideas for a story) to me at: extoot@gmail.com