What is To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA)?:
TWLOHA is a movement created with the vision that spreading love could end pain and suffering. This movement was founded by Jamie Tworkowski, only six years ago, when he met a young lady by the name of Renee that inspired him to write a story about her. Renee suffered with addiction, self-injury and attempted suicide, but after being immersed in love, she found her way to recovery. Jamie shows us that we can make a difference by showing love to others, instead of just waiting around for God to show up.
If you Could Write Love on the World’s arms what Would you Write?:
TWLOHA is a very successful non-profit organization, all because one person who shared their idea of how to bring healing to many people. Which leaves one to wonder, “How would I choose to make a difference? What would I write on the world’s arms?” If I could write anything on the world’s arms, I would write “Hope may not give you a second chance to fight, but hope will always give you a fighting chance.” Think about it; in times of obscurity what keeps you going? If everyone chose to dwell on the negative and believe that things would never get better, then the world would be stagnant. If not for hope that things will somehow get better, what would we have?
Teenage Rebellion is only Temporary:
I look back on many of my previous struggles and I am able to see that hope has gotten me past those struggles, hope has brought me to where I am today. The summer before I went into the ninth grade is when I first began to struggle with self-injury. It was a cry for attention, wishing that someone would hear me and see that I was hurting. My cry went unnoticed and I began to act out in every way imaginable. I did everything from getting expelled from school to getting arrested. I think that’s when my parents finally opened their eyes and saw that I wasn’t just acting out for the sake of it. That’s when they began to see that what I was going through was bigger than plain, old teenage rebellion.
The Power of hope and love is Limitless:
My parents decided to send me away for eighteen months for school and intense therapy. Adjusting to my new environment was a struggle as my peers faced a variety of problems including, low self-esteem, eating disorders, and addiction. Some of us struggled with the same issues and others of us had different ones but we all had a few things in common.
1. We all experience rough patches in our lives.
2. We had a hard time facing everything that had ever hurt us.
However, when we came to terms with everything and were ready to face our problems, we began to have hope. Hope helped us to see that things could get better for us and that we could become better people. We never knew for a fact that everything would be okay but hope wouldn’t let us give up on life, or ourselves.
A New Beginning:
At the end of the program some students receive awards for various positive attributes. I was given the award for fortitude, which is strength in the midst of a difficult or painful situation. I would not have been able to have such strength if I did not hope that things would get better. There are some people who wake up in the morning and refuse to get out of bed but with this reminder to hope maybe they could find the strength to go about their day. Maybe those people who want to end their own lives could look at their arms and find the strength to go on with life. There are always people who give up in times of challenge. However, if the world had a constant reminder on their arms to have hope then maybe we would be better off.
Name: Danielle Rryan A. Mortimer
From: Nassau, Bahamas
Occupation: Student — At Palm Beach Atlantic University
Major/Minor: Psychology/ Business Admin.
Fun Fact: I don’t really write as much as I used to but even as a little kid I remember enjoying it, I even tried to write a book once. :)