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"I was taken away from my drug-addicted mother at the age of 6. I often tried to be still, and 'hide' myself from my mother mentally and physically to avoid her hitting me. This photo was taken of me at the county fair a year of so after I was taken away from her and sent to Ohio to live with my father's sister. I look at my face and see a child who appears to be filled with apprehension. That was not true. Inside I was so excited. I wanted to charge in there in and win. You know, show my stuff. But I wore a different mask for the world. Inside I was still that child who 'hid' herself to avoid being noticed for fear of punishment. I still fight the urge to myself everyday."

Liz B.
Columbus, OH
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