Transitioning women’s stories

From a mess into a message

About Total Life Recovery



  • Serving: 30 Years
  • Charged: Drug Possession and Credit Card Fraud
  • Joined TLR: 2009
  • Goals: To help troubled teenagers and help mothers in prison who are lost to get out of the dark.

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My name is Kimmy and I grew up in an abusive home. After my parents divorced, my mom started dating other men. When I was 8, one of my mom's boyfriends raped me. When I told my mom what happened, she said, "Kimmy, do you know the story about The Boy Who Cried Wolf?" and I just started to cry because she was supposed to believe me and not them. From that day on, I was really angry with her. I was so angry and that's when my whole life turned. I hated my mom, I was angry. But I know now that she did that because she was co-dependent and chose her relationship over me.

My mother was very abusive physically and mentally. I started running away from home and I just kept running and going out, having sex with guys that didn't mean anything to me. I would avoid anything that reflected my mom and found myself on the streets. I was a prostitute, trying to be accepted, just wanting to be accepted by anybody, trying to find a family to anybody that would love me, just take care of me.

I started doing drugs at a early age and trying to get money any way I could. What brought me to prison was drugs - I have all kinds of charges. I was at OCCC awaiting trial when I climbed through the fence and escaped. They took me and put me in max custody, which is a lockdown. I was sentenced to 40 years in prison. It got dropped to 30 and I've served 10 years already, 9 of those were in the dark.

My miracle happened when I came to Total Life Recovery. God has changed my thinking over the years. Since joining, I have never received a write-up. This program has helped me immensely. Taking a look at self, even though I didn't want to. And it helped me with my anger, my emotions. It's given me hope, because I had none.

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She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. Proverbs 31
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