I come from a family of five children, myself being the youngest. My parents stayed together until the beginning of summer in 2009 when my mom finally had the strength to leave the abusive household my dad had created. After the divorce I lived with my mom until I graduated high school, and my mom refers to those years as the "gypsy lifestyle" considering we moved about 10 times in four years. My mom did everything in her power to make sure I had every opportunity to be successful. When I graduated high school in Linesville, Pa I had signed a contract with the US Navy, and I shipped out to boot camp that July. Life in boot camp was not something I wanted and I realized that very quickly. Soon after arriving I was separated from my division and was to be sent home in the coming month after being diagnosed with PTSD from the abuse endured as a child. I didn't know what to do or where to go when I got home so I waitressed to pay for rent and my car. A couple months after being home I met a man and soon moved in with him because things seemed good and hopeful with him. I quickly found out the hard way that things are not as they always seem. I was soon manipulated, talked down to, and forced to isolate myself from friends and family. After two years and a brief engagement I realized how I was living was not how my life was intended to be. I had very little money, but my mom came to the rescue to help me pack up my car and move back in with her to save some money and get my own home. After six months of saving I had enough money to apply for an apartment with a coworker from the hospital I now work at as a phlebotomist. I've now been living in Hermitage with a great roommate and am going back to school to study sonography. I have also since met a wonderful man who wants nothing but for me to succeed and supports every decision I bring to the table. My life has been incredibly up and down but I wouldn't change any of my hardships or struggles for anything because I have never been more sure of myself or more comfortable with where I am in life. I know there's going to be more obstacles coming but I'm more than ready to hit them head on.