“My journey has been a long and hard one, and for the first time in my life, I’m glad that it’s far from over!
When I was pretty young I was sexually abused by a family member and it changed me. It changed how I viewed the world, how I trusted people, how I related to myself and to others. Most of all, my thinking stayed in a 6-year-old mind!
I grew up scared and confused holding on to this terrible secret, wrecking just about everything in my way. Every relationship I had ended. I put my family thru the wringer. Somehow I managed to stay alive and I had a wonderful team of people who refused to give up on me. After a long and careful selection, I was informed that Fulshear Treatment to Transition is everyone’s last hope for me to turn into the amazing, strong, and capable woman they know I can be.
To say that I wasn’t excited about the decision and went reluctantly would be an understatement. When I arrived at FTT all I did was fight, I fought the mentors, the therapists, and most of all I fought myself. I was terrified to change, terrified to let go of my past, to give up my identity of being a victim and moving on. But the amazing and dedicated staff at Fulshear wouldn’t allow fear to rule my life anymore. They held my hand every step of the way and started teaching.
They taught me how to let go of the fear, how to take accountability for my weaknesses and turn them into strengths. How to stop living as a victim and become a survivor! How to change my thinking patterns to that of an adult and not the thinking and behaviors of a child.
It wasn’t easy. Many times I wanted to give up and throw in the towel. Build my walls back up and retreat back onto my own little private island, but they wouldn’t let me! My amazing therapist and dedicated staff pushed me to achieve my goals. Goals that I had set up for myself that I knew I can reach and reach them I did!
I graduated from Fulshear 2 weeks ago with flying colors! I learned how to build and keep healthy relationships, how to live independently and be okay. To manage my emotions and to be kind and compassionate to others. To stop living as a victim and to forgive and let go of the past! Moving back home and experiencing similar experiences that I have had prior to Fulshear and watching myself deal with them completely differently and completely age-appropriate this time has shown me how much I’ve grown and it gives me the strength to keep on growing!
There are no words to thank the amazing and dedicated staff at Fulshear none of this would have happened without all your help! From the bottom of my heart thank you!”