Kellie's Story: Trauma Will Not Define Me
I was taken from my home at 12 years old and forced into Prostitution. I’ve always been and still am a hard-headed person who doesn’t take well to being told what to do. I was sexually, physically, and emotionally abused during this time in my life. I tried running away a couple of times and never made it too far. The police would pick me up to take me home where I was scared for my family and would run headfirst back into the situation. It wasn’t till the police took me to the juvenile hall that I finally got away from that situation. While I was there, there was an indictment that put those people away for pimping and pandering to underage girls.
The damage was already done and I rebelled against everything in my life and turned to drugs. My life revolved around using and being in and out of jail. I am 30 years old and have 1 year, 4 months clean. I am in one of the hardest programs there is and am about to graduate with no problems. I was just so tired and wanted better; I turned things around because I didn’t want past traumas to define the rest of my life and keep me in a dark place. I have the first legal job I’ve ever had and couldn’t be more proud of myself.
My story, what I have been through, it all has made me the person I am today.
I identify with the Beautiful Disaster brand because it is empowering and my story is empowering. I have survived and am now trying to turn all my pain into something good.
Name 3 things you’ve done to move closer to happiness: Staying clean, having a job, and being close to my family.
What is your favorite Beautiful Disaster collection, past or present, and why? : Presently, it would be either clawed my way out of darkness because that’s exactly what I am doing, or the savage not average because that defines me. I have a unique situation and have had to be savage to survive, I am not average.