On Paper

 
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On paper my mother gave me up at the age of 2, I was placed in a foster home for 2 years. My grandmother fought in court to get custody and raised me until the age of 11 on government assistance and an infinite amount of love.

On paper I was taken from my grandmother at the age of 11 and I was the victim of mental and physical abuse ( at times ) 

On paper I was the child who was sent to a therapeutic boarding school under a false diagnoses

( made up by my mother ) - I would remain there from the age of 16 to 18.  

It was there I was taught to be resilient, even in the face of the harshest adversity ( my mother abandoning me and cutting me off from the rest of my family ) Thank you to all of the therapist and staff there for seeing through my mothers games. 

On paper I had about a 15% chance of succeeding ( was told that by a guidance counselor once ) 

See, I tell these stories not because I need someone to pity me or tell me that “ it will work out in the end “ but rather to say YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOU COME FROM. 

When you actively decide to take control of your life, of the outcome you dream of, I am a firm believer that you are not working tirelessly, in vain. 

And if you happen to find liberation, to find freedom, liberate someone else. 

Sarah ForrestComment