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My Life...My Story...

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My Life...My Story...

Lets begin with how this all started,

I grew in a small town in Texas. My dad was a police officer and my mom ran a local church daycare. I graduated with ok grades and I even had the crazy baby sister and a dog. My life was pretty "normal."

After High School I got married. It was not a ideal marriage and I screwed up alot of things but so did he. Thats just how it sometimes goes.? We had three little boys who are truly amazing to me.? We divorced in 98...reasons are well thats for another time..lets just say it was for the best.

I lost what little self esteem I had at that moment...Then I met him...yes..the man who I thought was a dream come true...the man who said I was pretty!!!? Turns out, this man was my nightmare..for the next ten years I lived in HELL!!

I take responsibility for letting this happen, but I also take responsibility for getting my life back! You see, during this time I discovered he smoked pot. You can ask any other time in my life I would have me..that was just wrong. He talked such a sweet talk, he made me feel like I was so beautiful and that he thought I hung the moon.

One day while driving around I mentioned how I couldn't sleep, all the mess with my ex going on.? He said hey just take one hit, you will sleep like a baby...of course I didn' first..but man could he talk a good game.? I took that one hit and that's the day my life became a nightmare!!? It was so subtle the change...I started smoking pot all the time..he was right, it helped me sleep. Until he started lacing the joints with felt numb...I think I actually wanted that...I wanted to forget that I couldn't take care of my boys, that my family was so far away...that I was homeless.

Then the abuse started. The sweet man that "loved" me took me away from all my friends...when family was mentioned I paid for that. I have been slammed into walls, thrown from moving cars and so much more. The cocaine made me forget...took the pain away..

This went on for 10 years. One night, December 7, 2008 while sleeping outside in the cold, I looked to God and just said one sentence.."God help me, I cant do this any longer." That one prayer saved my life.

You see, I have not had one hit, not one drug since that night. I lived in the house with "him" and his drugs for two more years. Since I had stopped with the cocaine the abuse got worse. Then one friday morning in?August of 2010, I had what we all need once in awhile -- 20 seconds of courage!!

I went to neighbors, called for help and left. I came home to Texas and never looked back!!? I live my life my way!!

This Sunday May 27, 2012 I will be baptized in front of my family and friends!!? I have prayed so hard to get my heart to this place. Remember...all you need is one prayer...and 20 seconds of courage!!!

This Story of Hope was created in celebration of recovery and to let families know that there are pathways to hope and healing. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page so that families know where to turn to for help, and that there is always hope.

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