When I published my article, “Percocet Ruins Lives, But It Saved Mine,” I was flooded with messages from people who wanted to tell me their stories. It was important for them to tell someone they thought they could relate to — someone they thought understood what it was like to keep a secret. Their stories covered a wide range of topics, but had one thing in common: Each person wanted their voice to be heard, without the consequences of revealing their identity. They wanted to tell someone they didn’t know, to get it off their chest. They wanted to be heard, but not seen, known, or identified.

I know what it’s like to keep a secret. I also know what it’s like to reveal one. It elicits support, but just as much hate. You’ve got to have thick skin. I do, but it was still tough. I wanted to create a way for people to tell their stories without having to go through the difficulties of coming forward with something controversial.

We all benefit from truth, especially the truth that’s hardest to talk about. “Hear Me Out” is a way for people to talk about and listen to real stories, from real people. It’s real, it’s raw, it’s revolutionary.