I come from a lifetime of severe trauma. Starting at an age when I didn’t even know what was happening to me was trauma. I didn’t tell what was happening to me until after 9 years of abuse. Then I started therapy when I was 15 years old. Therapy has helped me a lot as I have gone on and off since I was 15, But at every stage of my life there was a new trauma and it had gotten to the point where I couldn’t do it anymore and I couldn’t afford therapy, I couldn’t keep living in the situation I was in, because I wasn’t living, I was surviving. Becoming a mom had changed everything for me and there were also huge trials that came with that, even though my child was the best thing that had ever happened to me. I knew that to be a good mom, I needed to take care of myself.
So I reached out to the Overt Foundation and with the therapist and the therapy they provided for me, my life was changed in so many ways for the better, which meant my young child’s life was also. Because my young child has a happy mom. I am living, not just surviving. I am learning more with the therapy that the Overt Foundation blessed me with than I have in the over 15 years of therapy I have done in my life. I am learning why I am the way I am, the way my brain works and because of that, I am learning how to overcome or manage trials and situations in my life and deal with them, instead of just surviving. I am growing, I am rising, I am also thriving at some aspects of my life that I thought would be close to impossible.
I still have a lot to learn, a lot to heal from, a lot to grow through… But I will, and I know I can. And I owe that all to the Overt Foundation and the amazing therapist and therapy they have provided for me. Words can’t express my gratitude.