The 26-year-old mother of two Whitney Shaw once tried to jump off bridges. But now she’s rebuilding it and getting her life back on track at the Lee and Krystyna Jamieson Rest Home for Women and Children.
Since 2019 she has been rehabilitating after battling substance abuse and trying to end her own life.
“Every time I tried, something inside of me screamed out and I just didn’t move on, and I thank God I didn’t because my life is unfolding before me,” she said.
This is not the first time she has gone through the program. She came once in 2016 and then again in 2018. But the “third time is the attraction,” she said.
“When I have my children, they give me a reason to want to live. So that I can give them a better life. Just because I didn’t have one, I think they deserve a better one. I want to break the cycle now.” She said.
Once her program ends, Shaw wants to enroll in school, get a job and a car, and go to church regularly. Right now, she will be spending Thanksgiving with her one and a half year old son Hastin this year on the mission.
“I’m looking forward to my one-year-old having his first Thanksgiving meal and getting mess everywhere.”
And while she won’t be returning to her family in Texas, where her other son, Tracy III, lives, she will FaceTiming him on vacation in a state of peace and stability she wasn’t in before
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