Only a select few people know that I am a recovering bulimic and sexual abuse survivor. I used to want to keep it a secret because of the reaction I’d receive when telling people. My story starts at the age of two; that was when my father first started molesting me. The abuse last until I was nine, but I didn’t speak up about it until years later. Between the time the abuse stopped and I finally spoke up, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It caused her to lose her job and then our home. We’ve been struggling financially ever since. When I was thirteen, I finally told my mother about the abuse. I now have no contact with my father, but the damage he caused still ails me.
In a matter of a couple months: I stopped seeing my father, started to fall into a depression, lost my home and had to moved to a different state, and started high school. I took to self harm and developed an eating disorder to cope with everything going on. After a few years of trying to recover from my mom being sick, I tried to kill myself and was hospitalized. This cost us thousands.
In the past two years since my release, I’ve been doing a lot to try and recover. I’ve come a long way since then. They say the past defines us, and while that may be true, I refuse to let mine limit me. I’ve worked hard to help support and make something of myself. I have been accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and plan to make a future in acting and public speaking. I’ve received aid for about 16,000 and that has helped me greatly, but I still need to come up with the other $15,000 for tuition and money for rent and food. I’ve applied and been denied for loans because they only see me as a low credit score. And scholarship applications see me as GPA.
I am more than just numbers. I am a survivor and a fighter. I have an ambition and I know I will achieve something great one day. I want to prove that, but I wouldn’t be able to do so without some help. So please, donate whatever you can; and if you can’t donate anything, share this. Even the smallest gesture will make a huge different. Thank you.
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