Life is full of unexpected turns and challenges that can either break us or make us stronger. I am a living testament to the latter. My journey from being a college dropout, surviving an abusive marriage, and becoming a single mother of two sons to becoming a doctor and successful clinician has been one filled with determination, resilience, and unwavering belief in myself. In this blog, I will share the ups and downs, the struggles and triumphs, and the lessons learned along the way. It is my hope that my story will inspire others who may be facing similar obstacles to find the strength to overcome and pursue their dreams.
Embracing Motherhood and Facing the Reality:
When I found out I was going to be a mother at a young age and without a college degree, I was filled with mixed emotions. The responsibility of raising two children on my own seemed overwhelming, but I knew I had to step up and provide for them. Little did I know that the challenges I would face as a mother would be further compounded by an abusive marriage.
Surviving an Abusive Marriage:
In the midst of pursuing my dreams, I found myself trapped in an abusive marriage. The physical, emotional, and psychological toll it took on me was immense. I was torn between the desire to protect my children and the fear of leaving the familiar, despite the toxic environment. It took immense courage to break free from the cycle of abuse, realizing that my children deserved a safe and healthy environment to grow up in.
The Decision to Pursue Higher Education:
After leaving the abusive marriage, I was faced with the daunting task of rebuilding my life and providing for my children. I knew that a college degree would open doors to a better future, not just for me but also for my sons. With renewed determination, I made the decision to go back to school and pursue a career in psychology.
Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges:
Returning to college as a single mother who had survived an abusive marriage presented numerous challenges. The scars from the past lingered, and there were times when I doubted my abilities. Juggling the demands of motherhood, healing from trauma, and excelling academically seemed like an insurmountable feat. However, I refused to let my past define me or limit my potential. I sought therapy, joined support groups, and surrounded myself with a strong network of friends and mentors who uplifted me during the difficult moments.
The Power of Perseverance:
Throughout my journey, perseverance became my closest ally. The road to becoming a doctor was paved with countless hurdles, sleepless nights, and moments of self-doubt. But I reminded myself of the strength I had developed through surviving an abusive marriage and the dreams I had for my children. I became a fierce advocate for myself and my family, pushing through the challenges one step at a time.
Achieving Success against All Odds:
After years of hard work, sacrifice, and unwavering
determination, I finally graduated with my doctorate degree. The joy and pride I felt were indescribable, not only for myself but also for my sons. I had not only overcome the obstacles of being a single mother but had also triumphed over the trauma.
Written by Dr. Sasha Johnson