I Have Another Hero, Her Name is Sarah

May 22nd, 2013
5-22-13Sarah is a young woman, small in stature but who has a passion as huge as this world. A passion to help others. With her very big heart, she is gonna do only good for those who are hurting inside. She realizes how important her life is to others and wants to give back to let them know that they are not alone in their thoughts, not alone in their pain, not alone in their depression, not alone in their loneliness. There are millions who have gone through or are going through what she has experienced.
Her story, in her own words below, capture with pure perfection, the words written near the bottom of my handout sheet, “You are needed and you are loved!!”
Hello everyone! My name is Sarah, and I’m a 21-year old college student. I am currently recovering from major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and I have features of borderline personality disorder. This all began when I was only eleven years old, and had been sexually abused by a family friend I had trusted my entire life. Over the next ten years, more hardship came, including losing my home, my father leaving us for his mistress, my mother falling into suicidal depression, and me attempting to take my life three times in 2012. I have also struggled with self-harm for six years, and am currently battling that and depression with my psychiatrist. Despite all of this, I am alive today, and I will share why.

I am alive because of love. My entire life, I have been surrounded by love. It has come from family, friends, and, most importantly, from God. As a Christian, I have always had God as my crutch, the One I hang on to when things get bad. Because of this, my mission in life is simply to love like He does. I want others to know that I care, that I love them, and that I want to help them. I want to hold everyone and wipe their tears for them, and remind them that they are not alone. I want to do everything I can to help those who are hurting, because I know what it is like to be hurting. And most of all, I want to help people love themselves. We are just as deserving of our own love as we are of others’. We matter, too, and I want for everyone to see him/herself as lovable. This means accepting our flaws, taking care of ourselves, and choosing to do what’s best for us. It means spoiling ourselves once in a while, and treating ourselves with respect and care.  It means knowing that we are worth it. And if I can do all of this even just for one person, then all of my struggles will have been worth it
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