By Nancy Tran
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.