light up your lifeThe experience of divorce was terrible and the grief and desperation that I felt were incredibly overwhelming. I felt as though I was mourning the death of a family member and I guess in a way the loss was similar. I found myself pretending to be okay just so that people around me wouldn’t worry about me. I was trying to hold everything together when in reality I didn’t want to get out of bed. I didn’t want to face my day at all. I stopped eating and taking care of myself. I was losing so much weight that people around me started asking if I was okay. I hadn’t noticed. I felt so awful and was going through the motions just to get through each day. I didn’t bother noticing myself in the mirror or the baggy clothes that I continued to wear each day. I cried so much that I didn’t have any tears left in my body. I felt empty and lost.

It was then that I contacted Ginny for help. I knew that I had to put an end to the self-destructive behaviors and get a hold of my life again. Ginny helped me to navigate through my emotions so that I could see clearly and make decisions that led to healing. I began working through the Smile Again program and was amazed at how quickly I started shifting into a better place. I was shedding all of the old negativity and found myself feeling excited to live again. I became more grateful for my day and started taking better care of myself. I actually started laughing again! It was such a relief to be a participant in my daily life and to enjoy time with my family and friends again. I was no longer in a dark place surrounded by my grief. I’ve created a life with greater peace and happiness than I could have ever imagined.

Thank you, Ginny for saving me! Thank you for helping me to find myself again. Without you and your incredible program I may not have made it through such an awful experience. Now I have the tools to stay healthy and keep my emotions in check so I never have to go back to that dark, awful place.

Stephanie Salt Lake City, UT