I grew up in an ungodly home but I had wonderful parents and a decent childhood.  Both of my parents and my older sister worked, so I spent a lot of time with my grandmother, who was like a second mom.  My dad supported us financially, but he was not around very much.  He was an alcoholic and spent most of his time away, and my mom liked to gamble a lot.  When I was 12, my mom and dad divorced.  I can honestly say that is when my life went the wrong direction and I started smoking marijuana and cigarettes.  My mother allowed me to do whatever I wanted to do, and my dad wanted me to come live with him, but knowing he would make me go to school, I stayed with my mother. 

Around this time, I was molested by a 22-year old man and that changed my entire life.  He convinced me what he did was love, and I did whatever he told me to do.  By the age 15, I was a full-blown addict, on pain killers, always in trouble, in and out of rehabs, and on probation.  I dropped out of school my 9th grade year, and at 17 the courts placed me in a rehab for 6 months.  I got out of that rehab and was with the same man, but now it was ok for everyone to know about the relationship because I was 18.  He was now an abusive and controlling alcoholic and drug addict.  I became pregnant with our first daughter, then a year and a half later I had our son.  I was still a full-blown addict through all of this.  We found a doctor to prescribe pain pills as soon as I turned 18, so we both were heavily medicated all the time.  At age 23, I began selling my prescription pills for stronger heroin.  I had always said I would never put a needle in my arm, but by the time I was 24, I was an IV heroin user.  Heroin had now taken over my life. 

I was lying to my family, stealing, leaving my kids with my mother, doing anything I could to get my next high, no matter who I hurt.  It took my life down a path which led to me losing custody of my children, and facing up to 15 years in prison.  My lawyer was a Christian and she pressed for me to come to Teen Challenge.  I finally found the solution to all my problems, and His name is Jesus. 

The Almighty One, Jesus, has brought me out of the darkness; He is now the light to my path.  Since coming to Teen Challenge I have been set free from my addiction and dedicated my life to the Lord!  I have found love, hope, joy, and He has filled that emptiness that I had for so long!  The Word of God brings life, and He has brought me back to life!  I know now that there is a greater purpose for my life.  I no longer let the devil run my life.  Through the Holy Spirit who lives in me, I now have power over darkness.  He heals those that are broken hearted, and He is putting me back together.  He has healed me from headaches that I had suffered from for 8 years, and now I can focus on the Lord.  I am believing the Lord for an abundant life, and that whatever I put my hands to will prosper.  I am believing that my family will be saved, and He will restore my relationship with my sister, and that I will have full custody of my children after I graduate.

After graduating,  I would like to intern here at Teen Challenge and help those that are struggling like I was.  I may be weak but His Spirit is strong in me.  My flesh may fail but my God, He never will.  I give Him all the glory and praise. God is the only way!  My favorite verse is Galatians 2:20, I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.