Jessie's Story: We Fall, We Break, We Hurt, We Surrender, And Then We RISE!

Jessie's Story: We Fall, We Break, We Hurt, We Surrender, And Then We RISE!

My life has been very up and down. My parents adopted me when I was 2 years old. Before that, I had spent 2 years in foster care. My birth parents apparently took parenting classes, but were deemed mentally unable to care for children. Between the two of them, they had a total of 8 kids that we know about. I have heard there is possibly a 9th child, but that is unconfirmed. 6 of us were adopted, I am unsure of what happened to the others. I have met a few of my siblings, and have a relationship with some.

When I was only 6 years old, I was sexually molested by my cousin. I can still hear the words he used to get me to submit and thought it was normal. This went on with some other family members until I was a teenager. I was a very angry as a teenager and barely graduated high school. It took me until I was an adult with my own children to even realize why I was so angry in high school. I really didn't date a lot of guys and if I did, I was always looking for "The One". Sadly, I looked in all the wrong places. I met a guy that normally was not my type - he was a nice, a country boy. He drove a truck and had been in the military. However, it turned out he is an abusive alcoholic. Little did I know how things would turn out.

The first year was great, but apparently was preparing me for what was to come. He abused me physically and emotionally and even worse, I thought I deserved it. He actually threw a cat at me hard enough to leave a bruise, and that same night, he broke my nose. I am lucky my nose snapped otherwise I would be dead. He had tried to ram my nose into my brain. I stayed for 6 months or more longer and truthfully, I don't know why. Finally, I left. I had thought I deserved it, but I realized I was worth so much more than that.

I met my husband while I was engaged to my abusive ex. We spent months getting to know each other and talking before we ever dated in person. He is my guardian and I am his angel. He has his issues, just as I do. We were exactly what each other needed. Today we have been together for 14 years, married for 11 years in June. We have 2 kids together! We struggled through a lot, but we are stronger because of it. However, the saga of my life continues. When I was pregnant with my second child, I had Hyperemesis Gravidarum. It is basically described as extreme morning sickness, but it really is like calling a hurricane a rain storm. I almost died. I can actually pinpoint the defining moment where if my husband hadn't taken me to the hospital, I would have died that day. I was sick until the day I delivered. I delivered at 2 am in the back of the ambulance on the way to the hospital, she decided she was ready to come!

I am stronger because of the things I have gone through in my life. I love Beautiful Disaster Clothing. My favorite collection is the Phoenix. I definitely identify with this: Her Pain Became The Flames That Set Her Soul On Fire. We fall, we break, we hurt, we surrender, and then we RISE!
Thanks for listening to my story!

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Shirley Wall December 26 2021

I really appreciate you telling your life story, it took courage and strength, just like the Phoenix, you are inspiration. Wish you well

Katie Galus November 2 2021

You have an incredible story!! Thank you for sharing it with us. I’m so glad you have healed and dealt with your anger. You are beautiful in every way and you truly are the Phoenix <3

yolanda SMITH October 31 2021

Thanks so much for being strong enough to share your story. You are a true survivor and I admire you so much. Hopefully your story can help others realize that they to can survive.

Jessica Legace October 31 2021

You tell an amazing story and lived a life of hell .It’s great to hear your triumphs and successes which you have battled (Rise above Fire Phoenix ❤️