I had unrealistic expectations placed on me at a very early age which led to perfectionism. I was so consumed with people-pleasing that I kept quiet, assumed responsibility for things that weren’t my fault, and placed all of my value and worth in my academic and athletic accomplishments. I struggled with self-hatred, anxiety, depression, and an eating disorder. I also began to use self-harm to deal with my pain. I heard about Mercy from a friend who graduated from the program and decided to apply because I was tired of fighting.
At Mercy, the Lord has given me hope and joy and I’m excited to be alive! God has shown me that my value isn’t based on my performance or other people’s opinions of me; my value and identity are found in who I am in Christ. God has forgiven all my sins and He loves me unconditionally. My past doesn’t determine my future because I am a new creation in Christ and my old self is dead and gone.
Upon returning home, I will be working part-time as a mentor for children with disabilities while I review my nursing materials and volunteer in the medical field. I plan on getting involved in a Bible study and small group at church and spending quality time with friends and family. In the future, I want to pursue a nursing career, write a book, and minister to others who are lost and hurting. I want to thank Mercy and all the staff for all that they have done for me. This has been a life changing experience!