Trigger Warning: sexual abuse and suicidal thoughts. Listener discretion is advised.
While scrolling Instagram one night, I ran across a reel that made me stop in my tracks. An organization I have been following and supporting for years called Together We Rise re-shared (with permission) a TikTok video posted by Myra Van Ry, in which she shared briefly about her journey from growing up within a broken foster care system where she is today – starting her career journey as a first-generation college student entering one of the top pharmacy schools in the nation. I immediately messaged Myra and asked if she’d be willing to share her story on the podcast to inspire others, and I am beyond grateful that she accepted my invitation.
Our conversation was real, honest, raw, and vulnerable, with Myra sharing insight into her experience within the foster system, adoption into a cult that discouraged education past 8th grade, self-educating herself into college, the unthinkable sexual trauma she endured throughout her childhood, and how she overcame the suicidal thoughts that could have ended her life – all with a selfless and powerful mission of inspiring and empowering others. In Myra’s words, “If you ever doubt yourself, DON’T. YOU have the willpower and tenacity to achieve your goals.”
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Myra’s TikTok video that inspired this episode: https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTRPKy24A
Together We Rise: https://www.togetherwerise.org
Chris Tomlin’s Good Friday Concert: https://www.goodfridaynashville.com
Tennessee Kids Belong: https://www.tnkidsbelong.org
988 SUICIDE AND CRISIS LIFELINE:
Are you or someone you know experiencing suicidal crisis or emotional distress? The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the USA. Just call or text 988 to be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. Learn more and chat online with trained professionals at 988lifeline.org. Please note, the previous 1-800-273-TALK (8255) number will continue to function indefinitely.
NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE:
Are you or someone you know experiencing sexual abuse? RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, operating the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the USA. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, help is available. Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit rainn.org/resources to learn more.
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