As the youngest of 10 children, Brianna was part of a family struggling with poverty and her father’s addiction. With her 15-year-old sister pregnant and her brothers in and out of jail, Brianna dropped out of school in eighth grade to support her family.
Unfortunately, life never got easier. Throughout her teen years, Brianna suffered many miscarriages and experienced sexual assault into her early twenties.
Brianna and her fiancée Mark* welcomed their son Nicholas* when she was 21, but heartbreak followed when Mark died of a Fentanyl overdose. Tragically, just a few weeks later, her cousin died by suicide.
Despite these terrible circumstances, Brianna tried every day to make a better life for herself and Nicholas. After getting a GED, she began working toward a cosmetology career. But years spent avoiding her emotions eventually caught up to her.
Last spring, Brianna struggled to power through each day. Tired of feeling hopeless, Brianna reached out to The Women’s Center for therapy. Everything changed.
Counselors provided Brianna with grief therapy to process her traumatic memories and finally let go of her pain. Coming from a family that didn’t believe in therapy, she broke generational traumas and is setting an example for her son by showing him mental health matters.
“Since I’ve been working on my trauma, I finally feel free,” said Brianna. “I feel happy again, and hopeful, like I want to live and have a great life for me and my son. I feel like it is possible now.”
Today, Brianna has turned that possibility into a reality. After completing her therapy at The Women’s Center, she started a new job and purchased a home.