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Melinda T.

Texas, United States

Daughter. Mother. Survivor.

Good evening! My name is Melinda and I am a domestic violence SURVIVOR. My entire childhood all I had ever wanted to be was a wife and mother. At 18 years old after a sexual assault I was told that I had polycystic ovarian syndrome and the chances of me ever being a mother were very slim. I held onto hope but at 30 I gave up. At 34, I met and married my "prince charming" he had 2 daughters and everything seemed perfect in the beginning. After the marriage he became a bit controlling and just as I started to doubt it, I was pregnant so I just knew he was heaven sent. The day after my first ultrasound he quit his job and became overbearing. I told myself he was just being protective of me and the baby. He scared me but after 35 years of longing to be a mother I thought I owed it to my daughter to give her a "family" On my very first mothers day I thought I was going to die. I found out he had been cheating and when I said I was leaving, he beat me for what seemed like forever and then ziptied me to the bed. For 3 days I said and did what I had to do to stay alive and keep my baby healthy. The first chance I got I left with what I had on and what I could fit in my 3 month old's diaper bag. I pressed charges and I survived. I did my best to provide her with love and stability but somewhere I lost myself. My mind is always on high alert and the budget was tight so my diet was poor. I gained 90 lbs. 8 months ago I thought I had lost my mind but I started counseling and she has helped me manage the PTSD and anxiety but the weight is dragging me down and being in public places still causes a bit of anxiousness. My counselor told me about your program and explained that in order to heal completely I need to get my mind and body working together and thought your program could be just what I need to start the process. I just want to get back to loving myself again and being happy so that I can provide that example for my beautiful 3 year old daughter.
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