My Story… Is not pretty
My name is Anna Neal. I am on this journey for a reason. Let me start from the beginning. I grew up in a strict Christian home, went to Bob Jones almost all threw my childhood. We looked like a normal family on the outside but that was far from the truth. Between the ages of 4-6 I was molested by someone in my immediate family. As a kid I had no idea how to deal with my emotions, so I ate to make myself feel better. By the time I was in middle school I was a size 16 and almost 200. I kept my emotions hidden inside and didn’t know how to get them out. My phrase was “Fake it ’til you make it.” I tried to hold it in for so long but when me and my husband (now) were talking about getting married that’s when it all hit me. I couldn’t have my dream wedding because I always dreamed about my dad walking me down the aisle, and that wasn’t going to happen.
So that’s when I reached out and got help from the Julie Valentine Center, a free counseling center for Sexual assault victims and victims of childhood sexual abuse. I have been going since August, 2016 and me and my husband eloped to Gatlinburg in October, 2016, just him and me. The Julie Valentine Center has helped me SO much! I’m not gonna sit here and tell you it was easy. It was really hard at first to deal with my emotions and that was due to the PTSD. They have taught me some amazing coping skills to help get myself out of panic attacks and flashbacks.
God has been my rock in this storm. When I started my journey the song “Good, Good Father” came out and I feel like that was for me. God really has shown me that he is my father and a good one!! So my journey started August and now I am adding the body to this journey. So I am working on body and mind and with God I can do this!!!