I had such a troubled upbringing; I felt as though I was living in hell. My drunken father was a nightmare. Whenever he was intoxicated, he would break things in the house—I was not proud to have a father like this. I felt let down when I saw how happy my friends were with their families.
As I got older, I was shadowed by bad luck. I felt frustrated because everything would go wrong for me. I became such an angry person that I would lash out on people and end up in fights.
When I got married, I thought it was the start of my good fortune. But it turned out to be a big let-down. My husband and I went through so many problems in our marriage that I felt torn in two when he suddenly left. With a child to raise on my own, I felt completely empty inside.
It was at this point that a friend of mine who saw my desperate situation invited me to the UCKG HelpCentre. Walking through those doors was like a ray of sunlight. I spoke to an advisor who listened to me and guided me to get the right help. I started attending the Friday sessions, which played such an important role in my recovery. I felt myself gaining the strength and courage to turn my life around. With perseverance I got there!
Today I feel stress free! Although I am not with my husband, I have learnt to give myself hope. The anger and bad luck that followed my life have vanished.”