Hi, I am going to write a story about how my niece changed my life.

I was abused as a child and I always ended up in the hospital.  Every year around mom’s anniversary of her passing I would feel sad and hurt missing her, but last year April 23, 2017, my niece was born. She changed my life to happy things.

For the first time in a long time, I didn’t end up in the hospital because I knew it would be my niece’s first birthday and I wanted to be there for it. Yes, there have been times I didn’t feel like doing anything, but I think my niece came into the world the day after mom’s anniversary for a reason and that was to tell us, “Hey you can still think about me but move forward and be with happy thoughts.” I always wanted to have a niece and she has made me feel like a winner and for her first birthday, I opened her a bank account. Every birthday and Christmas I am going to put money in it and when she turns 16 she can have it.

Having a niece has made me feel happy and I want to be in her life…

I can’t wait until she is older and I can take her bowling or swimming or to the mall. Having a niece has really changed me; I have not self-harmed in over a year and have been out of the hospital for 16 months. I even stayed out this year and I hope to build a close bond with my niece.

Shannon Lebrun


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