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July 24, 2017

Shelly Walzer


When I was in my early teens I moved in with my father and stepmother. Shortly after I moved in, I had realized this was a very unhealthy alcoholic home. I had experienced extreme emotional and verbal abuse. When I was 16 years old, this turned physical. There wasn't adorn our house that had no holes in it, or a steak knife that I wasn't chased with. When I was 16 years old, my stepmother was drinking while we were away at school, she loaded a 12 gauge shotgun (put the shell in wrong) and tried to commit suicide. When my sister and I returned home from school, there was vomit on the bedroom floor along with her empty bottle of vodka. The shotgun was laying close by. When my father got home he was enraged. He put my sister up up against the wall by her throat and was screaming at her telling her this was all of our fault. I was frantic...I grabbed a glass Kool-Aid pitcher and threw it as hard as I could against the wall, the shocked him so he let my sister go but then he started coming after me. At that point, I was 16, I went to my best friends house, stay the night, and went to school the next day. I sought the help of the school liaison officer and he told me if I promised that I would Continue going to school full-time, he would help me through the process of becoming a self- emancipated minor. So the next day, I grabbed what clothes I could, I bounce between friends houses for a couple weeks and realize that was getting really hard on not only me but their parents as well, so I found a full-time job that I could balance work and school with. After my first paycheck I rented an apartment, continued going to school and graduated high school early.

When I was 20 years old, I met a man through a mutual friend. We dated for quite a while and I thought he was the coolest thing next to peanut butter and jelly. When I was 23 I ended up pregnant with her first daughter. All he wanted me to do was stay home with our daughter and cook and clean, Which I thought was pretty neat because I love to cook and clean. But throughout that time, I was not allowed any money, if I needed anything I had to ask and I needed to justify it, I was not allowed to go out with my friends, and if I was persistent with it he would accuse me of cheating on him until I broke down and let him come with.

When I was 24 our second daughter was born. Things didn't get easier, I just learn to deal with them. However one night he came home from work, and I was holding our sick eight week old baby in my arms, dinner wasn't done, nor were the dishes this enraged him. I was trying to explain why nothing was done, but he was not hearing me, so I started yelling back. He then shoved me into a set of French doors while I was holding our daughter. I lost my balance as I was trying to shield her from the impact, and before I knew it his foot was on my face which resulted in three fractured teeth which had to be removed. I had nowhere to go, and no one to talk to because up until this point no one really knew what was going on. I kind of just thought it was normal at that point. That thinking didn't last very long two years later I secretly saved up enough money to go and get my own place where we both agreed to file for divorce.

We both now thankfully coparent very well, and have forgiven.

Now 10 years later, I have to say my road hasn't been very easy but that too I am very thankful for. I have gained a self awareness that nothing can waiver. I know what I am capable of, and I know what I want and deserve in life.



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