I wanted to welcome you to the forum. I think that Courtney gave you some good advice and I also think you are handling this well. Don't feel bad for not facing things. You did what you had to do at that time to survive. We all cope in different ways. I tend to ignore things too. Especially ones that aren't worth worrying about. I just act as if it didn't happen. It works for me. At the time.
But as you know, if it is significant in your life, eventually you will have to deal with it, but do it on your terms.
Gradually is good. One day at a time... We are all a work in progress and it takes time to do things.
Best wishes to you...
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