I am a SURVIVOR. I have experienced sexual abuse, depression, coming out as a gay female, the death of my first partner, more depression, suicidal thoughts, leaving the Catholic church, homelessness, being hospitalized for suicidal thoughts four different times within a year, being dependent on public assistance, and filing for Social Security Disability Benefits. On the flip side, I have experienced sexual abuse, depression, coming out as a gay female, the death of my first partner, more depression, suicidal thoughts, leaving the Catholic Church, homelessness, etc.
I have learned to embrace all of these experiences as well as all the ‘positive’ experiences in my life equally. Each one has shaped who I am and how I live my life today. I did not come to this way of thinking overnight. It took almost 40 years to get to this point.
It took until 4/29/10.
On that date, I gave up the option to commit suicide. I chose to embrace life. That day I put my security blanket away and TRULY put my faith in God. Oh, and how my life has changed because of it! Read the full story here: Giving Up the Option of Suicide.
Here I will share my stories…the good, the bad and the ugly. I believe there is healing in sharing our stories…healing both for the story teller and the listener. I also believe we have to share our stories in order to educate others.
I hope you will join me in Embracing Life from this day forward!