It’s been nearly a year since receiving the call that changed my life. Attending The Haven Retreat was the best thing I have ever done for myself. Since returning I have found and used my voice to stand up for me.

I wasn’t living the life I wanted, I was living the life I thought I was supposed to be. I’ve said goodbye to the toxic relationship I was in. I would never have had the strength before to do that. I drove over a thousand miles by myself to visit family. I’ve put it off for years because I was too afraid. I’ve suffered loss and heartache since then but I’ve also found strength, confidence and true friendship with my sisterhood.

Although I’m on my own now, I’m never truly alone. My support system of fellow survivors is standing strong right beside me. I understand now how much the trauma affected my life and the damage it has done in my relationships, but it no longer has its grip on me. I’ve grown so much since then.  I am stronger, happier, and no longer weighed down with my secret. Someone once told me that you know you are healing when you can tell your story without tears. No tears are flowing as I share my story. Thank you for giving me my life back! Bless you for giving us women this incredible journey to heal.

-Stephanie, Survivor

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