“I was brought up in a non-Christian home, but I still had a great childhood. I was very active in gymnastics, dance, and theater arts. After college, I was offered a job on Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas as an acrobatic/jazz dancer in a huge show. While filming a television commercial I was in an accident and crushed both of my feet at the same time, which tragically ended my career. I was told I would never walk correctly again, let alone be able to dance or do acrobatics and tumbling.
I had to come home to live with my parents and was in a wheel chair for months. That brought on depression, so I began to drink and use drugs daily. Fortunately, when I became pregnant and gave birth to my daughter I straightened up my act. I opened my own acrobatic and tumbling business.
After several years I got married and sold my business to work alongside my husband in his gym businesses. But I lost all sense of self identity and felt lost. I began to drink more than socially. I was hiding my addiction for years, but it finally caught up with me. My husband and I decided to get a divorce. Before long I lost almost everything; my home my family’s trust, and some close friends. I felt there was no hope left and had no reason to live. One night I drank a fifth of vodka, took twenty hydrocodone and twenty Xanax. I had no desire to live anymore. But God had other plans. I woke up in the ICU, very angry that I lived.
After a few months I was worse than ever, I was on my back patio one morning and looked up at the sky and noticed an airplane had drawn “Jesus Loves You” in the sky. I humbled myself and called my daughter and told her I needed help. She said she had researched a place called Teen Challenge and thought it would be the best place for me.
since being at Teen Challenge my life as well as my thinking has changed dramatically. The Holy Spirit has taken residence in my heart. The Lord is my leader in life and I am letting Him guide in the choices I make. I want to thank all of you. It is your support of this ministry that gives someone like me an opportunity to find hope again.”