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Has anything this humiliating happened to you before?

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The year was 1990. I was 13 and was on a girl's basketball travel team. Both the girl's and boy's teams from my area got invited to a tournament in Hawaii. The day after our games, both the boys and girls went sightseeing at a volcano. The coaches and some parents, including my mom and dad, accompanied us. It was interesting. However, eventually I lost my footing and began to fall into a steam vent. It burned really badly. I had to grab onto some moss to avoid falling into the lava. My friend Adriana and some other people, both adults and kids, eventually helped me up. Once I was out of the vent, I decided to strip from head to toe because my clothes burned so much. I was now completely naked in front of everybody. Including many males, such as my own father, other fathers who were chaperoning, and the coaches of the teams. And, most embarrassingly, the boys my age on the boys team.This was a pretty self conscious age where my body was changing and I was becoming more womanly. But I realized my modesty was of secondary importance right now. One of the parents had a water cooler and gave me a bottle. Which I drank very quickly. I asked for another bottle and I drank that bottle quickly too. We then had to walk back to the tourist center, which was about a mile and a half away. This was 1990 so nobody had a cell phone. Adriana and my parents had to help me walk sometimes because I was so weak. In the middle of the walk one of the boys lent me his shirt to cover my boobs. But I was still naked from the waist down. When we got to the visitor center I was given clothes to cover me from the waist down. Then the ambulance was called.

Has anything this humiliating happened to you before?

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Hi there. I'm sorry that this incident seems to still haunt you. Not that it helps, but EVERYONE has at least one thing that's AT LEAST this embarrassing. Although, I'd say that in a situation where your physical self was in serious danger and pain, I doubt anyone was judging you for stripping down. Some people have done that with much less of a reason to. I hope you can somehow get over the self-imposed embarrassment and just see it for what it is - something that happened a very long time ago, that was out of your control. No real reason to be embarrassed, in my opinion. It's not like you chose to have some drinks, then strip naked and dance around in front of everyone. Now THAT, that is a good reason to be embarrassed. This? This was just survival. Something we're all hard-wired for. ;)

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