I am not a statistic…

The road has been long and hard.

There were times I wanted to give up.

Agencies designed to help those like me, negated my goals and dreams. They told me my chances of getting through my trauma intact were slim.

I was an abused child.

I was a battered wife.

I am a single mother.

I am a survivor.

I have accomplished so many things I was told would never happen for me.

Now…I want to tell every woman who has been and is living in my shoes to forge ahead and don’t let anything stop you.  Everything you set out to do can be accomplished.

Refuse to be a statistic.

The rest of my life will be spent in gratitude for where I am now…and I will pay it forward.

That is all.