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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Lift the Stigma

At age two, I lost my Mother, a Corporal in the United States Army to suicide. I’ve used this tragic loss to educate others through my writing, advocacy and public speaking so I can lift the stigma associated with mental illness today, tomorrow, and in the future.

After my Mother’s untimely death, I was placed in foster care after enduring years of abuse from my father. The feeling of knowing your own Father violated you never goes away. It follows you. You can never wash away the shame, the filth, or the memories but you can choose to rise above it and be an advocate for the voiceless.

During a three year long custody battle between my maternal Grandparents and Father, the court’s struck down the opportunity for me to testify on my behalf. I was too young but that didn’t stop my then 8 year old half brother from…

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