We're kicking off the month of February with our annual 21 Days of Love, blog campaign. You will receive a post Monday through Friday, showcasing love excerpts. My fellow blogger, Tre L. Bryant starts off the campaign with a love story that is unlike any other.
Self-love is the greatest love. For it is not until you learn to love yourself that you can truly love others. Loving yourself enables you to live empowered, victorious, and on purpose. Read an excerpt from her tale of being a victim...
**WARNING SOME GRAPHIC LANGUAGE INCLUDED**
Through these pages lies the heart-gripping life story of Tre' Bryant’s experience as a domestic violence victim and a survivor. She's dealt with everything from molestation, rape, depression, suicidal tendencies, low self-esteem, and survived a 20 year toxic relationship. Fortunately, Tre' is here to share her story of how she took her life back and persevered.
Tre' is the epitome of struggle to strength, and Where There's a Will, There's a Way is proof that our best lessons are learned through tears and fears. Now that Tre's tears are gone, she's rediscovered herself and utilizes her strength to help those in similar situations find their strength. To read her story is to understand her struggle. Where there's a will, there's a way…so says God in the end.
I still get vivid memories of being grabbed tightly around my neck and the tight grip of his hands preventing screams from escaping my lungs. Along with the continuous flow of tears, my breathing became shallow and I felt like I was slipping away. If I allowed him to think he could disrespect me in this fashion he was sadly mistaken. There was going to be some serious consequences and shit was about to get real ugly. Words started being exchanged and before long, shit started flying and breaking because I knew that this was one fight he was not going to win.
I was ready to prove to him that I wasn’t having what the fuck he was dishing. We fought like two niggas in the street, and I remember he had me in an extremely tight head lock. I had full access to his arm and since that was the only part of his body I could reach, I locked down on it with my teeth like I was eating a steak and the end result was him in the emergency room having to get a rabies shot. My intention was to rip a plug out of his arm. Once the fight was over I realized that he still had not overcome his anger issues and felt he owned me. I was supposed to accept this kind of behavior whenever he felt the need to display it.
I knew in my heart that I had love for him, but I started really asking myself if he was worth it. I developed thoughts of wanting to end my own life because of the stress, the drama, and him not choosing to acknowledge me. If there wasn’t verbal abuse, there were silent moments. I was the one who would end up hurt and feeling extremely alone, but then I would look at my babies and I would try to have a change of heart. As always and even to this day, I put them first. I continue to sacrifice for them what would ultimately be my entire life up to that moment and my much so desired happiness would be put on the back burner.
During the first year of my son’s life there were many more fights, some permanent scars, endless heartaches, and feelings of being trapped with no outlet. I began to hate my life and went into a horrible depression. The recovery would not take place for a long time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A star on the rise making her mark on the world, Tre’ L. Bryant is ready to shine. Tre’ is a first time author signed under New Breed Publishing, LLC. She has worked personally under her mentor / publishing company owner Lakia Nichole. Her literary journey has become a dream come true since her recent debut release “Where There’s A Will, There’s a Way” in 2015. The book is inspired by her experiences as a domestic violence victim and focuses on her abusive relationship that expanded over twenty years. She has beaten Domestic Violence and now does her part to give back as a survivor to help others. She shares her personal struggles, fears and accomplishments as she takes back control of her life.
Outside of the new release Tre’ is a devoted mom of two young adult children, a makeup artist, personal stylist, model, and head creative director for an upcoming men’s grooming line, all while still being just the girl next door. She has also made her introduction into the world of internet radio as a regular weekly co-host with Red Snapper on Word Sexy Radio. As of January 2016, she was appointed Vice President of social media and public relations for Urban Image magazine. She is determined to be in pursuit of all her dreams and has decided that her literary journey will continue, as she plans to write another inspirational book.
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