Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and share in this experience with me! There is much more to who I am as a person besides the Zach and Courtney Smith domestic violence story and just for a bit, I’d like to share a little bit more about myself.
I’m a mom of two AMAZING children, soon to be remarried and about to become the stepmom of two adorable children. I am an alumnus from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communications. My post-college career began as a sales rep for a media company, Cox Media and after 2 years spent in sales, I then moved on to work as an advocate/community rep for The American Cancer Society. As with most coaches wives, the constant upheaval that comes with moving from job to job took its toll on me and I left the workforce to become a stay at home mom. I was away from the workforce for 5 years, up until my divorce. Like most single moms, I had to find a way to support myself and my children, but I wanted to be able to do so while doing something I was passionate about. Many people do not know this about me, but I have suffered from a severe hearing loss since the age of 5. Living with a disability, my lifelong desire to help others and the advancement of stethoscopes that are compatible with my disability, is what prompted me to pursue my dreams of obtaining a bachelors degree in nursing. I am now a senior in a full-time nursing program and set to graduate in April. This program has been my saving grace; words cannot express how grateful I am for this opportunity and the impact it has had on my life.
Currently, my days are spent with my family and our golden doodle Charlie, juggling sporting events and school activities for four young children, and finding time to squeeze in studying or blogging. Add to that, having to deal with an exhaustive custody battle filled with attorney meetings, court hearings, etc. and like most moms, my days are hectic, but worth every sacrifice.
As I have said before, my hope for this blog is that by continuing to share my story with everyone and holding nothing back, I can be the voice that so many women in my situation desperately need. Not only do I find writing this blog to be therapeutic for myself, but I believe it will also shed light on life as a single mom and domestic abuse survivor; struggling, but putting one foot in front of the other every single day. I hope my story can be the survival guide I desperately needed three years ago. To all the single moms and survivors out there, remember that someone somewhere is depending on you. No matter how exhausted you are, turn your pain into power and NEVER GIVE UP!