I grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. We were members of Summer Grove Baptist Church and my parents worked with the high schoolers as early as I can remember. I grew up in the church, going to DNow and Bible studies. I asked Jesus to be my personal Lord and Savior when I was 7. My dad, brother and I were at a Team Impact show and at the end of their show, they presented the Gospel. I believed in Jesus but I hadn't taken that step to make him the Lord of my life and have a personal relationship with him. That night, it just clicked with me and I knew that I needed to ask him into my heart. I was really shy and didn't want to walk forward when they called us to, but I told my dad and talked to him and my mom in the garage later that night. I got baptized shortly after that. Ever since I was little, I've struggled with anxiety. I was sick for a while and doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong with me until they finally diagnosed me with an anxiety disorder. I struggle with telling others what I am struggling with, I keep everything bottled up inside. The more I stress or worry, the more physically and mentally sick I get. When I was in the 5th grade, my grandpa passed away due to cancer in his lungs, liver, and esophagus. In 7th grade, my dad's job transferred him to Kansas City. These were both low points in my life but they were nothing compared to my absolute low point. My sophomore and junior years of high school were my absolute low point in my life and faith. I had a bout of depression and began to consider suicide. I also started dating a guy who was mentally and emotionally abusive, he always had to approve everything that I did and he always had to know where I was, who I was with, what we were doing, and what time I would be home. He acted like he was the Jesus of my life. I still battle my anxiety every day, some days are better than others, but I try to not let it hinder who I am and my faith. In middle school, I fell in love with working with people who have disabilities and am now pursuing it as a career. I love to serve others and find my joy in that. I have been to Nicaragua three times and it was there that I found my love for people in foreign countries as well. If someone would have told me all that I would experience by the time I graduated high school, I never would have believed them, but I am glad that I have because it's made me who I am and I hope that I can help others who are going through what I've been through.
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