The Younique Foundation. A year ago, I had no clue what those three words would mean to me. A friend of mine posted a link to apply to The Haven Retreat. I took it as a sign. A sign to reopen the wound and clean it out, again.

I was hesitant at first because surely there were other women who could use the experience more than me. I was functioning in life, had two beautiful children, a supportive husband. I had been in and out of counseling for years. Currently, my life was “together” enough to get through day-to-day. I decided to apply anyway because if I didn’t qualify they would surely let me know.

But that’s not what happened. Instead, I got a phone call to arrange my attendance. I was terrified. I didn’t know anyone who had been to this place or even HEARD of it. I took a leap of faith, and it was well worth it. I am not an overly emotional person. I tend to hide my feelings, but after four short days, I was crying saying goodbye to everyone. The house and staff were so welcoming and helpful, from dietary restrictions to accommodating a nursing mother (two actually during our retreat!). Every day I wish I could go back. If you’re on the fence, take this as your sign, you’re worth it.

-Kim, Survivor

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