"Survive" – JG

(I am the girl on the right in the picture above)

(I am the girl on the right in the picture above)

I live in Southeast DC. I am an rising 9th grader and will be attending National Collegiate Prep in the fall. Also, I love to dance.

I was born on October 17th , 2003. I’ve had a lot of problems as a child. From being sexually assaulted when I was 8, to my parents separating when I was 10. When I was younger, I felt like the world was me against me. I thought of killing myself, I thought the world was holding me back. I attempted to kill myself 3 times but I always chickened out. I am stronger after dealing with all those problems. I used the strength that I realized exists within me,  to do great things in life. I was depressed for a long time but found the courage to overcome the darkness. I went into a dark place for 2 months. I felt like I was dead to the world. Now, I stand strong against my fears. My view of my body image has been the root of many of my issues .Yes, I am thick, but that’s not what I want people to profile me as. I’ve learned how to deal with body shaming, in my own way. People call me fat, I get mad, make a swift come back and then they leave me alone. I try to leave certain things in the past but sometimes it is very difficult to let it all go. A quote that has always brightens my mood is “Never let your crown tilt or it will fall.” My mom first taught me this quote when I was eight years old.  A lot of things have stood in the way of my progression in my short 13 years. Through it all, I have survived and I will continue to survive.

– JG