My life before coming to Mercy was chaotic and depressing. I was so heavy in my eating disorder that I didn’t think I would live to see my 23rd birthday. I was expecting to pass away from my eating disorder. My family and friends had many sleepless nights because of this. I hated myself so much that I literally did anything I possibly could to harm myself. Life was so dark.

I prayed to the Lord, because deep down, I didn’t want to lose my life. He led me to a dietitian and in our very first session, she encouraged me to apply to Mercy Multiplied. I applied the second I got home and got a call from Mercy’s Intake team the next day. This gave me a glimmer of hope, and little did I know that it would turn into something life-changing that I never thought was possible.

The greatest turning point for me during my time at Mercy was the day I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Ever since that amazing day, I’ve had many important visions that have been vital to my recovery. I see Jesus everywhere I go. He talks to me when I’m having a hard time and uses me to give Bible verses to other people that will speak to them. I know He will use me to change others’ lives.

God has given me a hope and a future during my time at Mercy. He’s given me plans to hope for and to be excited for. I’m so excited for where He will take me! He’s shown me that I’m beautiful the way He created me and that I am His joy – the Father’s joy. How amazing! He has revealed to me that He is my true Father, my Daddy God, who will provide for me and take care of me like a dad.

After Mercy, I plan on resuming my GED courses. Once I get my GED, I’m going to enroll in a Dietetic Program at a major university to become a registered dietitian so that I can help girls who are battling with eating disorders. After I get my license, I’m going to let the Lord lead me into creating community projects, which makes me so excited!

I would like to give each of the Mercy donors a hug. They have made my heart leap for joy because if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be experiencing a freedom that I never thought was possible. The amount of gratitude in my heart is leaving me speechless. I am forever grateful!