I am the survivor of an abusive and dysfunctional environment that began with two mentally ill parents. I became a ward of the state at age 10, and foster care was not an improvement of my circumstances, only a change of people.
I served my country in the United States Navy stationed on the USS Acadia during the pre-gulf war becoming one of the first women to be deployed in a combat zone while providing assistant to the missile struck USS Stark. After the military, I became a certified paramedic, working both on an ambulance and in the emergency department of a trauma center in Texas. I broadened my ambitions by becoming a registered nurse and continued working in emergency medicine.
As my overwhelming desire to be a mother grew, despite not having any idea how or why motherhood was even a consideration, I knew that it was not only God's plan for me, but for my children as well. I have been blessed to exist in the divine presence of the most exquisite souls - my six children. Every decision I have made since becoming their mother has been to honor their potential and the vows I know I made before I came here. I have dedicated my time and talents on their behalf through years of service as a scout leader, young women's leader, theatrical seamstress, and assistant in multiple activities and sports , My most notable contribution has been as a homeschool mom (before homeschooling became the popular trend). I have loved every single minute of being their mother.
I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 30, just after my first daughter was born. My faith and trust in my Heavenly Father, my Savior and the Gospel have been the unseen bridge over the most turbulent waters. I spent 20 years serving and obeying an unfaithful, ungodly, and abusive husband and was discarded and left to care for our children alone when he chose to pursue his own happiness. I have suffered the tragic and unspeakable loss of a child; when my teenage son passed away in 2018.
Despite all of these things, with the love and support of the angels in my life on both sides of the veil, I have overcome. At 53, I am in the final semester of repeating nursing school due to a lapsed license and will be graduating summa cum laude. I have watched my children heal, flourish, and excel in their personal, academic, and spiritual endeavors. Most personally, I have discovered my own significance and value as woman in this world and the positive power that I have to influence other women to be empowered, feel heard, and believe in their own worth.
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