November 6, 2017

I’m Learning How to Love Me

Theresa, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, tells her story.

For as far back as I can remember, I never could look into a mirror and be happy with the person looking back at me. I was depressed, angry, and felt completely unworthy. I built walls around myself, pushing people away to protect myself from ever getting hurt again. Little did I know that I was only making things worse. 

In July of 2015, I decided it was time to face my fear and share my story, in hopes that someone could relate to me. After sharing my story, my temper got worse. My mood swings became more frequent. I became more distant with my husband. I blamed it all on giving birth to my youngest son, 11 months prior. It had to be my hormones, right? WRONG! At this point I didn’t know who I was anymore. There were very few things in life that would make me happy. I came to my breaking point and knew something had to change. 

The Haven Retreat was a huge eye opening experience for me. I learned so much about myself. I was finally, for the first time in years, able to connect with my body. I was able to feel again. I’m learning how to love me. 

It was so incredibly peaceful at the retreat. The bonding that I experienced with these women in such a short amount of time was mind-blowing. I had never been surrounded by so many women and felt accepted. Attending The Haven Retreat was definitely life-changing for me. I’m now looking forward to continuing my healing process at home. I’m ready to love and accept who I am because I am worth it. We all are worth it! 

-Theresa, Survivor