Life was constant chaos before Pathways became a part of my life. I would lose sleep from constant anxiety attacks and always be on edge. My health was never stable, and being a paraplegic with little to no support wasn’t easy either. I worked three jobs to keep myself busy because of the fear of being alone and the constant abuse and neglect at home. I was at the point where I wanted to give up my dream of pursuing school. The constant pressure of trying to attend school while having anxiety attacks and PTSD made it impossible for me to enter a classroom and not have a mental and emotional breakdown. I decided there was no future for me in this world, until one day I received a text that would change my life. Dave Bishop had asked me to come in for an interview.
I had completely forgotten about applying for Pathways. It had been two years since I put in my application. I showed up to the interview with no idea that this was the beginning of the rest of my life. Two and a half years later I am so genuinely happy with the changes that have happened in my life. Therapy has provided me with so many ways to heal and has helped me gain the courage to attend school again. The support system and love that I have gained through Pathways have made me such a stronger woman. I no longer have emotional and mental breakdowns.
There are no words to describe the many blessings I have received through Pathways. This organization has saved my life; without Pathways I would not be here today. And I would not be the person I am, either. I am constantly reminded that the flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful one of them all. SH