I can’t imagine that a year ago this month, I applied for the retreat not knowing I would be lucky enough to attend. If there was anything that I could give all of the survivors out there, it would be the opportunity to attend The Haven Retreat.
I gained 15 sisters who unfortunately have the same thing in common with me. But the most important thing is, I found myself. I had no idea who I was until I began driving back to Texas and soaking everything in. I was able to return home and be Stephanie.
The Stephanie that was created 34 years ago to do something great. I am no longer ashamed and I am no longer silent. I was silent 17 years. I now stand at the top of the mountain that we are not at fault, we deserve to be heard, to be loved, to matter. I learned so much while there, and realized so much was tied to my trauma and I had no idea. If you are on the fence about going, don’t be. GO!
Let this change your life like it has changed mine. I came home and started EMDR therapy, I have been raising awareness in my local community, and I plan to bring awareness to our nation.
I could never repay the foundation for what they have done for me and my family. I am a better Wife, a better Mom, a better person. All I can do is give back and encourage others to go spend the best 4 days of your life surrounding yourself with others who will be your sisters for the rest of your life and have your back when you need it the most.
There aren’t words to describe how wonderful the staff is and the home is like something you could only dream of. Go take your life back. This life is amazing and I can’t wait to live it to the fullest!