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I Struggled to be Enough for Everyone


I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. The power of shame, guilt, embarrassment, and low self-worth used to control me without me even realizing that it did. For years I struggled with being enough for everyone around me and always felt like I fell short. Then a friend told me about the Saprea Retreat. On a whim I applied and was immediately accepted. Terrified, I took one step toward healing and met an incredible group of women who were taking their first steps toward freedom too. We all linked arms and in 4 days we created an unbreakable bond of love and friendship that has continued to encourage and uplift me every day since I’ve been home. For the first time in my life, I’ve learned that I am enough – and I believe it. I am beautiful. I am strong. I am precious. I am priceless. I am still a work in progress – but that’s what makes the journey beautiful. I will forever be grateful to Saprea for changing my life and teaching me to love myself. 

-Cheryl, Survivor