“I was on the path of self-pity, but I was sick of feeling sorry for myself and I knew there had to be another way to take what I went through and allow it to empower me.” ~ Courtney Cumberland

Courtney bravely shares her battles with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts which haunted her for years after being raped by a teenage boy at eight years old. She discusses how the suppressed memory began to emerge and take over her life. She also talks about her brush with death during the birth of her daughter and how the experience led to wanting to pursue a career in the medical field. Courtney is on a mission to help break down the stigmas around mental health issues and passionately encourages others to take back their personal power post trauma. (Warning: There is some explicit language.)

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Journal entry from Courtney:

I have been selfish for 25 years, almost a decade of that wallowing in self-pity, neglecting myself, yet acting with the most selfless intentions I was capable of. I cherished those who doubted me, the ones I called “friends”, and then I woke up. Today I stand firm to define myself as something more than the hand life dealt me and the wounds my past scared me with. Today, I am selfless. I may still neglect myself, but for the sake of handing off strength to someone who is weak or passing courage to someone living in fear. I know my path, and as much as I try to fight it, I am led back to what I know I am here to do. My life may expire but I intend to continue to save lives from my grave.