from Shatterproof

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 All My Life, I’ve Had to Fight
Chapter 2 Surviving Cancer and Divorce
Chapter 3 #Carefulwhoyouleavefordead
Chapter 4 Purpose of My Pain
Chapter 5 Lose Your Mind, Keep Your Heart
Chapter 6 Sink or Swim (How to Stay Sane)
Chapter 7 Angels Along the Way
Chapter 8 Aftershocks, Losing My “Twin”
Chapter 9 My Children, My Reasons
Chapter 10 Living Sacrifice
Chapter 11 Shatterproof Stories: Surviving is Beautiful
Chapter 12 Survival Techniques: How I Made it Through
Chapter 13 Protecting Your Health with the Words that We Speak
Chapter 14 How to Supercharge Your Faith

About the Author

Chapter 1

All My Life, I’ve Had to Fight

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:2 NIV

I remember staying focused on the gun placed against my mother’s temple. She clung to my 4-year-old brother as she pleaded with my father, “Ted I love you! We love you!” My eyes never left the gun. He laid it on the table and snatched my brother from my mother’s arms. It was my only chance to grab the gun and run.


I was 9 years old. My mother, brother, and I had just moved to a new house in a new town. And my mother had met a new man. The day my father came to our house he yelled, “My kids ain’t gonna be raised by no white man!!” My mother’s new acquaintance was not white. He was, in fact, a very light-skinned black man. But my father intended to kill my mother anyway.


With the gun in my hand, I backed slowly toward the front door, unlocked it, and ran as fast as my legs would carry me down the road, the loaded gun gripped tightly in my right hand. My mother cried “Tonya, no baby!”

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