Wherever I speak across the country I have encountered so many people who are struggling to overcome negativity, shame, and regret. And many of those who have overcome these adversities still feel insignificant.
I know what that feels like. Overcoming cocaine addiction, domestic violence, prostitution, and incarceration didn’t give me a free ride into a happy future.
What I have realized is that although my circumstances may be different from yours, pain is pain and we all want is to break free. From the womb to the tomb from the crack house to the state house, from the college campus to the convalescent home all life has value, all life has a purpose. We are all part of the puzzle, without you, without me there are pieces missing.
Your history does not have to be your destiny.
Because substance abuse continues to be one of the most serious problems facing our nation today it is imperative that I share my experience strength and hope about recovery. Nobody starts out an addict, it is a process. With transparency I depict the mindset – the circumstances and situations that led a woman like me to incarceration, prostitution, physical abuse and homelessness. Never in my wildest dreams, could I have imagined that my first drink would ensure a fight that would last so many years. It wasn’t until I got sick and tired of being sick and tired that I surrendered to God and recovery. This opened up a whole new glorious dimension of life, a dimension so astounding I have to share it to help others!
As a former offender and convicted felon, I am acquainted first-hand with the staggering challenges facing the offender and all those associated with incarceration. For offenders, corrections and probation officers, judges and attorneys one of the biggest hurdles to successful reentry is staying motivated. Transitioning from incarceration back to society is tough. Being in an environment of high stress and negativity many of us spend a great deal of time wondering how to get and keep ourselves and/or others engaged. Learn the secret to sustained motivation first hand, from an award-winning, former offender who has transformed adversity into advantage and become a seasoned veteran of reentry.
My story isn’t that different from many other women at age nineteen I found myself facing an unplanned pregnancy. Because of this I made a decision that set me on the road to destruction, I choose to have abortion. This choice along with a compulsion for love and desire for freedom spiraled me into the dark world of drug addiction. We are only as sick as our secrets. For years I searched for a way to escape the feelings of guilt that I had buried from my abortions. Through reconciliation with God I was able to experience his redemptive love, and overcome my shame, and remorse. By sharing openly and honestly about my life and transformation I am able to help others who have experienced the trauma of abortion and reveal the pathway to wholeness.
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