I was physically and sexually abused from a very young age. By the time I was 13, I developed an eating disorder. While in high school, I started to self-harm, tried to commit suicide, and was in and out of hospitals and treatment centers. I eventually went to college, but one night at a party I was sexually abused by an older student. Continue reading “Sarah – Mercy Multiplied Graduate”
Before I was born, my birth father died of a drug overdose. My mom remarried and I was raised in a Christian family and went to church. When I was 7, I was diagnosed with ADHD and by age 9 I was put on medication. At age 10, my nephew died from SIDS and at the funeral, I saw my dad’s grave for the first time. Continue reading “Rachel – Mercy Multiplied Graduate”
Because of my relationship with my mom, I grew up having a hard time trusting women. I was constantly bullied at school and no one wanted to hang out with me. In the 8th grade I started self-harming as a way of escape. I was sick and tired of living a lie and wanted to get my life back when I heard about Mercy from a graduate. Continue reading “Kelsey – Mercy Multiplied Graduate”
I was sexually abused at the age of 5 by someone who was supposed to love me. I was very hurt and angry inside. I felt abandoned and at age 11, I started using pills to numb my pain. I became promiscuous and lost my virginity at age 12. I was very suicidal and after one of my attempts with over 200 pills, I ended up in the emergency room. I knew that God was the answer to my pain; I just didn’t know how to get help. Continue reading “Katelynn – Mercy Multiplied Graduate”
Before Mercy, I spent most of my time trying to escape reality. I was very anxious, especially in social situations, and afraid of failure. I came out of a lot of poverty and confused thinking. I used self-harm out of frustration and thought it would make people see how much pain I was in. I hated my family and I thought they hated me too. I felt dead inside and believed that there was no hope for me. Continue reading “Heidi – Mercy Multiplied Graduate”
I always struggled with my weight but covered it up by striving to be a good Christian girl. At 12 years old, I was introduced to bulimia by a basketball teammate. I innocently tried it, and soon it took control over my life. I sought help from nutritionists and counselors and was even put on depression medication—but nothing worked.
I convinced myself that if I could just graduate from college, get married and become a teacher, the depression would go away and I would love myself. After getting a couple of D’s my junior year due to the darkness I was entrenched in, my mom gave me an ultimatum. We found out about Mercy Multiplied online, and I applied. While on the waiting list, I was in a car accident and felt as if I was at the end of my rope. Three hours later, I received a phone call from Mercy Multiplied saying I had been accepted. Continue reading “Cacey’s Story”