Self-harm served, really, only one purpose for me; it transferred the intolerable emotional pain to a concrete physical pain which was far preferable to the emotional pain. At one time, this was the only way I could make it through a day. It was either cut or, quite frankly, take my life. This is not an endorsement of self-injury. It is simply a plea for a reservation in judgement. "We are all fighting a hard battle".