Unexpected Challenges

I’m sharing my story because I want other to know that no matter how difficult your life may be, there is always someone else who has it worse.

I was born in Fountain Valley, California.

My childhood years were very different from what most children experience. I had to grow up quickly.

At the time, my father was a marine and my mother was a stay at home mom.

I also had an older sister.

Things were normal until my dad started drinking.

It was sad seeing my family fall apart.

I used to cry, hoping that things would change.

My father did not like to see me cry. In fact, whenever I cried in front of him, I would always end up with a broken bone.

I remember being taken to the hospital with 22 broken bones and fractures scattered throughout my body.

At 11 months old, I was placed in foster care and I got shuffled through the system because I was in a full body cast and nobody wanted a baby in a cast from neck down. 

A few days before my fourth birthday, I was finally adopted.

However, a short time later, the couple got a divorce.

My foster dad disappeared. Supposedly, he ran off with another woman. My foster mom started drinking. I still have memories of her drinking a 12 pack per day.

Every day, she would verbally abuse me.

There were multiple challenges I had to overcome since being adopted, including understanding who I was.

At 17 years old, I was kicked out of her house.

I haven't looked back since.

Now, I live with my biological family.

I'm proud of my thick skin. I’ve learned a lot of lessons over the years.