I was born and raised in a Christian family and felt very safe and loved. At age four, I was sexually molested. I felt ashamed, guilty, and I lost my sense of security. By my teenage years, I became aware of my body changing, and I didn’t like it. Boys would tease and make fun of me, making me feel more insecure and disgusted with myself. I became sexually active, started drinking and smoking, and developed an eating disorder. By age 20, I became pregnant and chose to have an abortion. Shortly after, I was hospitalized and dropped down to ninety pounds, believing my identity was found in how thin I was. In 2007, I heard about Mercy through a family friend. I checked it out, but it wasn’t until three years later that I chose to surrender my life and trust God. On February 26, 2010, I entered the doors of Mercy feeling insecure and unworthy.
During my time at Mercy, I came to realize that God loves me unconditionally! I learned that I need Him to be my foundation and that He will guide me in freedom and truth. I learned that the Word of God is powerful and the truth has set me free. I can’t express how grateful I am to God, Nancy Alcorn, and the staff who loved me unconditionally. God bless you!
After graduating, I plan to go home to work and save money. I may go back to school for nursing, but I also have a dream of one day opening a Bed and Breakfast. I want to be in God’s will so wherever He leads me I want to be obedient.