"My family has been my biggest obstacle. From things like self-image issues to graduating to abuse. I'm the only one out of my five siblings to complete high school, the youngest is thirteen, so he's not there yet, and the first in my immediate family to go to college. When I finally told someone about the abuse, I got messages from all around to 'be quiet' and 'not rock the boat.'
Those messages even came from inside my own head because of what had been said to me my whole life. I had to teach myself that my voice is important. I had to tell myself that my truth and what happened to me matters. That I matter."