It was his secret and Larry said he carried a heavy ball of guilt inside. "The guilt ate at me, and I developed stomach ulcers." He gulped down the liquid medicine for relief, and snacked every two hours to keep food in his stomach.
Several times his doctor tried to find out what caused the problem but he kept saying he didn't know.
"But I did know."
Larry's secret was so deep he didn't want to admit it or talk about it. He was sure that if he did, his symptoms would get worse.
"About eight months ago I spilled my guts," he said. And once Larry began to talk about being sexually abused, the healing began. He still snacks and takes medication, but he hasn't had a serious bout with stomach pain for seven months.