Everyone experiences challenges. I’ve had mine, as everyone has. And it is my life’s work to share my story and encourage others along their own path to transformation and healing.
At age three, I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. At 15, I was sexually assaulted by a senior in my high school. I was scared people wouldn’t believe me and I blamed myself, thinking I could have done something to change it. So I kept it inside.
As an adult, I moved to Florida, away from family and friends. Within six months, my dog died, I was fired, and my car stolen. Years later, I was in a severe car accident with my spouse and kids. We were hit head-on by a tow truck and I sustained many serious injuries. Three months later, I was rear-ended by a drunk driver and diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I endured surgery and constant back and neck pain.
I was not happy with life and hit rock bottom at 35, going through my second divorce. I had lived 20 years in blame, anger, and fear since the assault and realized how it was affecting me. I wanted to change.
Turning It All Around
My healing began with journaling and meditation. I held onto Romans 12:2: “let God change the way you think” (NLT). I found counseling and support groups at a sexual assault center and studied Unity principles. The most helpful were affirmations and denials. A veil was lifted when I realized that I was not to blame for the assault. My anger is redirected appropriately toward my attacker. I have taken back my power.
For physical healing, I eat healthier and use alternative therapies. Despite constant neck and back pain, I have weaned myself off pain medications. Through Unity studies, I now believe I’m a child of God who does not inherit sickness. My mind is stronger than my body! I am defying physical challenges by training for a triathlon and I listen to my body, resting when needed.
I do not want people feeling sorry for me. My goal is to help people overcome challenges and limitations by recognizing and claiming their innate power. I started an inspirational speaking ministry with my dad, Ron Fritts, a Unity minister in Quincy, Illinois. I am taking classes to become a licensed Unity teacher. I haven’t arrived at where I want to be, but through my ministry, I will find continued healing and help others get where they want to go!