I was honored to be one of the speakers for the 1st Annual LIVE! Beyond the Pain Awareness & Inspirational Dinner hosted by Toy James! This was such a monumental celebration of life through powerful testimonies, inspirational entertainment, youth performances and candle lighting ceremony. Toy James inspired me so much on this day through her story. This was truly the first event of its kind--suicide is not a widely discussed issue in addition to sexual abuse.
I shared my story of my college suicide attempt, years after my abuse ended. I also gave a visual demonstration of why it is important for a person to reach out to others when in a depressed state.
Sharing with Cyenna, Toy's cousin, that I did not ever want her to give up on life. I made her look in the wall mirrors behind us and check out just how fabulous she is! Cyenna took several photos with me and asked me if I live in a castle. LOL! She was so precious!
I received this message from Toy on Facebook right after the event. This was such a blessing!