When I was fourteen I met my high school ‘sweetheart,’ who introduced me to meth. I moved in with him at seventeen. After that he became verbally abusive and controlling. At twenty-one I gave birth to a boy who almost died due to low platelets. Then we had a baby girl, but one morning I woke up and saw she was not breathing. She past away from SIDS. That was when I used heroin for the first time to numb the pain.
About a year later I found out I was pregnant again. Three months into the pregnancy my boyfriend went crazy and threatened to kill me and my son. I took my son with the clothes on my back and never returned. I became homeless as I did not have anyone to turn to. My mom was also homeless, but we did not get along. So, I would do whatever I had to for money.
When I was eight and a half months pregnant I got a motel room and had my baby. I brought her home and thirteen days later she passed away from SIDS. That same day I was taken into the county jail on DUI warrants. My son was taken by CPS.
While I was in the county jail I received a letter from a staff member at Teen Challenge encouraging me to come into Teen Challenge. That next week I went to church in the jail. That is when I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I started to pray for my mom for her to get clean. Within two weeks she was booked into the jail and put in the same cell as me. We had to work our problems out. I told her I wanted to go to Teen Challenge. I told her if we were going to have a relationship she needed to get help. She went to court and the judge sent her to Teen Challenge. I continued to fight my case, and ten months later my miracle happened, and against all odds the judge sentenced me to Teen Challenge.
While being here at Teen Challenge my relationship with my mom has been restored. She has graduated and is continuing on as a ministry trainee. I have a relationship with the Lord and have peace of mind. I also have a new set of teeth to smile with! I am done with my program and am working to support myself. Thank you for allowing me this chance to find a hope and a future in Jesus.