I experienced tremendous loss as a child. The kind of loss that changes your entire life. The kind of loss that paralyzes you and makes you feel as if you will never survive it. When I was eight years old my family and I were on our way to the beach for a family vacation when we were in a car accident that took the lives of my parents and four of my siblings. My older brother and I were the only ones in my family to survive.

As with all loss, the ones left behind are faced with a mountain in front of them: how to move forward through the unbearable. My journey is no exception. I have experienced unimaginable lows and surprising unimaginable highs. The Lord has carried me when I believed it was impossible to keep going. He has taken my life- and what should have turned out to be a tragedy- and made it into something beautiful.

Now, over 20 years later, I have found a hope and trust in God that has carried me in the darkness of my grief and has allowed me to continue my own healing by helping others with theirs. I am so overwhelmed by God that I feel I have no option but to share what He has done for me. My hope is that my story will provide encouragement if you are hurting. God has provided a way for me through the pain of loss, and I know He can do the same for you.

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