After all the terrible things I endured within the three year relationship with my ex but more prominently towards the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019, a lightbulb would flicker from time to time in regards to the idea of sharing to the world what I have endured. But I was ashamed, embarrassed, and disgusted with myself.
In August 2019, I finally allowed myself to be vulnerable and go to the domestic violence support group near me sponsored by the local court. That is where I learned that allowing yourself to be vulnerable meant strength and began the path to moving ahead. Moving forward.
August 19, 2019, I officially created this blog to begin this journey of sharing my story. Why now? Support group helped me accept and finally open my mind to realize that I AM NOT ALONE. There are many others who have, are and will struggle with domestic violence, whether its physical, mental or both.
But if you really want to know more about me and who I really am, you will need to read each post.
I may be a human being of 24 years of age, but I have been on my own for 10 years now. I’ve dealt with poverty, depression, loneliness, loss, suicidal ideation, and the actual plan, which I chose not to commit. But I have also accomplished many things in my life like graduating High School, amidst other paths I could have taken. I became a Marine and served four honorable years of active duty. I also became a police officer after leaving the corps.
I find myself to be a great resource for anyone involved with domestic violence, mental health and life, because I have had a role in both, as the victim of domestic violence and mental health, as well as the first responder in domestic cases and mental health.
I am no longer a law enforcement officer due to my experiences with both domestic violence and mental health. I chose to move past it and continue with my journey of recreating my life.
The journey itself of moving past it was difficult and I honestly didn’t think I would have ever made it past it, especially alive.
I am here today, however, living and breathing that YOU can.
What People Say
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.Walt Disney
The vision is hope, and hope is real.
You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.Jamie Twoskowski
I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.Maya Angelou