My proximity and involvement with the alcohol and drug world would once again attack me, in the form of three people, and I spent about a week in the hospital.
Although this time I had support around me, I once again did not notify anyone about my whereabouts until I got home from the hospital. All the thoughts and emotions from the first assault came flooding back and all I could do was relive it in my mind and think about all the progress I had made. This is when I realized that I really had to change my life and could not go back to the place I have struggled so hard to leave.
It was during these last two years that made me realize what I had to offer the world. Through, all the heartache, tears, disappointments, triumphs and happiness I now find myself among people who care greatly about me and my life, and that they are right. I do have something to offer the world. I was a victim but now I know I am a survivor, and no one can take that away from me.
Kelly (centre) accepting a Community Leadership Award from Equay-wuk (Women's Group)
Through the help of Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council in Sioux Lookout and the EAGLE Urban Transition Centre in Winnipeg, I was able to regain myself and my life to fulfill a dream I never thought was possible.
It was through their guidance, understanding, and belief in me that I could do it that made it all possible. Without their help in this transition in my life, I never would have begun my new life or became the woman I know today. I am now a Health Care Aide/Unit Clerk Graduate from the Urban Circle Training Centre.
Thank you for listening to my story.
Kelly Anderson is the President of the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre Board of Directors and serves as the Treasurer for the Ontario Native Women’s Association.