What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?
“Surviving death. I was almost murdered when I was 17 and I was actually pronounced dead and the coroner was ready to harvest my organs. For some reason I just came back, so I was in a coma for a month and I had to go to rehab for a month. I didn’t do anything by myself; I could not walk, talk or breathe. I had a breathing tube. And so I had to learn all those things on my own again. I was able to do that and come back and graduate high school with my class. So I’m really proud of that, I don’t even know how I did it. It was the determination I guess to get better then to graduate and I did it, I love sharing that. If there’s something really tough, if you really want it, you can do it. If I can overcome that, anything is possible.”
How different was your perspective of life after that?
“Totally different, I broke the cycle of abuse, sexual abuse, I finally realized that I am strong enough to do things on my own , strong enough to be not bullied by people. Instead of going around and saying “I hate my life, life sucks”. It’s not a big deal, everything in life is pretty, even when there’s a ton a homework and life sucks. At least I’m alive, at least I have my family who’s there for me.”