I grew up with two loving parents but I was always the peace-keeper in my family. I stuffed all of my feelings down so that I wouldn’t cause anymore tension or problems. Additionally, I thought I had to be perfect, and I worked hard to keep up the facade. Unfortunately, this led to bulimia and food quickly grew into an all-consuming addiction. For the next five years, it took all of my time, money, and energy to support my eating disorder. I tried to stop my behavior countless times but always failed. I thought I was a lost cause and beyond all help. My mom heard about Mercy through a friend and I knew I needed a change in my life.
During my time at Mercy, God has given me a heart of love, peace, and joy in place of a heart of stone. Instead of hiding my weaknesses, I can celebrate them because I know He is strong where I am weak. I no longer feel the need to stuff myself with food because I am now filled to overflowing with God’s love. I get to live the abundant life that Jesus died to give me.
After graduation, I will be attending Discipleship Training school through Youth with a Mission in Lausanne, Switzerland. I also plan to go back to college to finish my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. I am eternally grateful to Mercy for helping me to experience the love and grace of God and to grow in my identity in Christ!