I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ. I have been delivered from narcotics, methamphetamines, weed, and IV needles. I was raised by my grandparents since I was a baby. They are the only parents that I have ever known. I had everything that I could ever ask for. I was a good kid, raised in a simple family whose parents didn’t drink or smoke. Since I lived such a sheltered life, I thought I had found love at the early age of 17. Little did I know that the man I that I thought loved me would introduce me to a world that would haunt me for the next 15 years.

I married at 18 and had my son in the same year and a daughter 5 years later. Within that time, I had managed being a wife, a mother, and a college student, where I graduated top of my class as a nurse. Addiction does not discriminate. I had everything, however, I still was dissatisfied with myself and something was missing. I found my happiness at the tip of a needle and it took everything away that I had taken for granted – my 13-year marriage, my children, and all of my possessions. I spent 8 months in jail and was court-ordered to the Women of Hope. There I learned patience, and God reminded me of all the things that I forgot to be grateful for. I rededicated my life and chose to put God first. God restored my children, my career, and today I love myself. I am now the choir director at the Women of Hope and I am a nurse again. I am healed and whole in Jesus’ name. Pastor calls us eagles, and it sure feels good to fly!