By Nancy Tran

2015-November-14-Angel-Faces-Event-9-470x705Fifteen years ago I was doused with gasoline in my sleep by an ex-boyfriend. I was only 19 years old at the time. My spirit was shattered as I felt isolated, emotionally and physically broken down.

When I met Lesia Cartelli, founder of Angel Faces, she asked me to come to a retreat. I was hesitant to go because I was in denial and did not want to meet others who were burned like me. But she was very encouraging. I finally decided, “Why not?”

Attending the Angel Faces retreat opened my heart and gave me new insights and perspectives. It was a place where I felt normal and a sense of joy again. There was hope for a better future because I was able to see the other girls laughing and enjoying life.

Fast forward to today, and I am the happiest I could ever imagine. I achieved my master’s degree in social work. I have been traveling and have a successful job, great friends, and family. I also share my story and talk about signs and red flags of teen dating violence.

If not for Angel Faces setting the foundation for me to move forward, I do not know what would have been possible when I was that lost 22 year old.

Thank you!