“Being a child abuse survivor has in a way prepared me for all I am facing in this season of my life.
When I got married and had children the nightmares began. I started having flashbacks and terrible memories from my childhood. I turned to alcohol to cope and in doing so my family was almost torn apart. I am grateful to say that God ,through my husband ,helped me to overcome this terrible nightmare.
I began running to help take my life back along with attending church, bible studies, and my friends & family. It too has helped make me stronger.
It has been 7 years since all that pain was stirred up in my life and now we face a new challenge. In November I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After learning in the summer that I had rheumatoid arthritis this seemed to be an even bigger blow. The grace of God and my family and friends has helped me to remain positive and live one day at a time. It has also helped allow me to keep running and being active the way I love. I am blessed to say I am doing very well. I had a mastectomy and am in the process of preparing for chemotherapy along with years of other medication.
I strongly believe that all women are strong, beautiful, and all have our own story to tell, good or bad. We need the Lord and each other to overcome our own fears and tragedies.”