Everyone has a story to tell. We will each have a different story, yet we will have similarities. What you will discover is that you are not alone. Someone else may suffer with the same problem you have. When you tell your story you have to tell your entire story. If you only tell a partial story, you will only receive partial healing.
Think about this scenario.
My father-in-law was diagnosed with stage 4 lung and thyroid cancer. They told him that he could be given Chemo that would lengthen his life expectancy however, it would not be a cure. After researching countless articles on cancer treatments we found a drug that is used by veterinarians. In the case study the scientists stated that the drug may be repurposed for human cancers. “Fenbendazole”, a broad-spectrum antiparasitic drug used in the veterinary sector, could be useful against cancers as well. Researchers first treated human ‘non-small cell lung cancer cells. They found that the drug causes partial alteration of microtubule networks around the cell nucleus. Tumor cells showed enhanced cell death-inducing activity in the presence of wild type p53 tumour suppressor genes. Researchers found a reduction in tumour size and weight. It was also found that the drug was advantageous in evading drug resistance commonly encountered in cancer therapy.
Now, if I leave you with the story where it is, there is no impact to it. It’s just a story that doesn’t tell what happened next.
The rest of the story. The drug was Panacur C Canine Dewormer purchased at the local Walmart. For $21.95. The dosage is: take one gram a day for three days then four days off. August 2019 was the diagnosis and at his January 2020 Pet Scan he was cancer free!
Telling this whole story has impacted several people I know. If I hadn’t concluded with a testimonial no one, or at least not as many would have been interested or even shared the story. This is just one example of having to tell your entire story.
His story of recovery is not even the end of his story. Yet it takes you to where his story is currently.
What about Jesus’ story. If you only told parts of the story; Jesus’s virgin birth, how he taught the leaders in the synagogue at the age of twelve, how he gathered 12 disciples and began preaching the new gospel, how he was crucified and died on the cross. If we end the story there there’s no hope for any of us. The hope is in the rest of the story. Jesus rose from the grave conquered death and ascended into heaven to prepare for us a place to join him. The end of the story is eternal life promises. Way more impactful than just part of the story.
Project semicolon ; Project Semicolon is an organization dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Our work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the right tools, we know we can save lives.
I am 31 and I struggle with Suicide
Life is full of trials that may bring a person to experience great pain or, if we're lucky, bring us great joy. Those experiences, the good and the bad, are carried through life with us. To not only shape and change who we are, but to also leave us with the lessons we have learned.
Growing up, for me, was one trial after another. I spent years wondering what I would eventually learn from my experiences and why I had to endure these things. At some points, I even wondered if there could be a way out.
From even a young age, I learned how to endure and to fight. At the age of 6, 2 years after my parents divorced, I chose to go live with my father and his new wife. Living with my father was great until my stepmother began abusing me physically, mentally and even emotionally. I endured her abuse until I was taken from my father and put into state custody. I remained there while I waited for my mother to come for me. This happened at the age of 8, marking the start of my journey into "the system".
As a young child, I'd already experienced more pain than I even imagined possible. Going forward with my life was difficult because of the years I'd been abused. I'd been left with a tendency towards seeking unhealthy kinds of attention and a habit for choosing paths that weren’t beneficial for my life.
When I was 13, I was raped for the first time. Rather than being reassured and comforted after the assault, I was held responsible for a crime I did not commit and put back into the system. The next five years of my life were spent in darkness and total solitude. I was even heavily medicated with drugs used to treat mental illnesses despite never being diagnosed with one at the time. I fell victim to self-injuring behavior more than once and, on a number of occasions, even attempted to take my life.
I had little to no respect for myself and I felt that I was worthless. The people around me, especially those who were supposed to love me, never showed me that I was worth the very air I breathed. Their attitude towards me became my attitude about me and the mentality through which I viewed myself.
At the age of 18, I lost my father to suicide. I had been at a low point for quite some time, but this brought more pain to my life than anything I had ever experienced. With that pain lingering in the shadows, I was sent off to begin my life as an adult. I was fresh out of the system and completely unaware of where or how to begin my life as an adult, so at that point, after 5 years of not being in school, I obtained my HSED and went off to college.
Beginning college brought an entirely new set of trials to my life. I started experimenting with drugs, which led me to abuse prescription painkillers. I also struggled greatly with depression during that period, which reflected very poorly on my performance in school. It was during my first couple of years in college that I was raped two more times and, at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, I experienced the loss of my unborn child.
Throughout my life, through the good times and the bad, I held closely to my faith in God. There were times that I wavered in my Faith and wondered why I had to experience such pain and times when I wondered how could a God of love allow me to go through this?
Meeting my husband was the turning point in my life. For the first time, I experienced true love and I was finally able to start healing. It was through this journey that I embraced my calling and set out to help others who felt they were less than their true worth. I knew I wanted to impact the world and to make a difference, which is how Project Semicolon began.
It is the love of my Savior that empowered me to make a difference and to love the world with a Christ-like love even when the world hadn't loved me. It is only through God that I am here to tell you my story and empower you all to continue yours. Without His love and grace, I know that my story would never have been told. I hope that you all know that you are loved and that you are worth saving. My story isn’t over yet, neither is yours.
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