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Recently, my son Dan participated in “The One Voice Walk” in Cincinnati,Ohio to honor a former church member who was murdered in an act of domestic violence.
The church has organized this event every year since to bring awareness to domestic violence and assist the Cincinnati YWCA to help victims when they leave shelter.
Dan had asked me to contribute to his podcast before this event.At that time I couldn’t.I had to get my thoughts together on this subject.
Some of you may know I am a victim of domestic violence and lifelong abuse in one form or another. I have spoken out on this subject often.
This year,when prompted it caused tremendous sadness within me.
I didn’t want to relive those experiences.
Since,I reflected on what I should say.I want to offer hope.
My life is as different as night and day since I was in shelter.Entering shelter was the best gift I ever gave myself although I didn’t see it that way at the time.
When I entered I couldn’t have been lower physically, mentally, spiritually and financially.It was maybe the darkest time in my life.
I was hopeless.I entered because I didn’t know what else to do.I guess looking back it was the last of what survival instincts I had left.
I was suicidal.Not that I was going to harm myself necessarily but it was more like if I was diagnosed with cancer I would have refused treatment;if I was going to be struck by a car I wouldn’t have jumped out of the way. I was put on a suicide watch for 45 days. To say I was despondent would be an understatement.
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Love & Peace,