There was a time when the walls in my life were so high and so dense I never thought that I would allow anyone close enough to even hear the inner thoughts and fears that had brought me to jail. Then I met Cheryl Millman from Open Door Outreach. She found me in jail, a place I never thought I’d ever be.
My life was a perfect storm of chaos and in jail I began to let down my guard. I opened up to this wonderful, caring, non-judgmental woman and allowed her to hear my fears, my inner child and my doubts. She showed me that I can change. I realized I CAN CHANGE and be the person I want to be. I CAN BE HAPPY. I thought that idea was gone forever. I started believing in myself and beginning to heal through her love for me, one of God’s children. I can stay out of jail and rise above everything I have been through to be a good mother and friend. Hopefully I can then help someone someday like she has helped me.
Cheryl, thank you for not giving up on me and seeing in me what I couldn’t see in myself any more. Without meeting you my heart would still be closed and now it’s slowly opening to everything and everyone.