I have a criminal history. From 10 yrs ago. I have a drug possession, larceny 6, forgery, and several violations of probation. All having to do with an ex boyfriend who in misguided attempt to protect, I took a lot of charges for. The same ex boyfriend who repeatedly assaulted me over and over. I served a year in prison, lost EVERYTHING, but fought my way back LITERALLY from the bottom.
That’s not to say I am not a recovering addict-I have been clean and sober for years, and have chosen a career path in which to help others because I have NOT forgotten where I came from.
Tamara has attempted to strip me naked in front of all of you. But I’m not ashamed-I made horrible mistakes and choices a decade ago, but I’ve made my peace with my children and family. Tamara has tried to shame me in front of the world, but it’s no comparison to what I’ve done to myself for the pain I caused in my own life.
It’s taken me a decade to overcome my past mistakes and I’m owning them before some miserable asshole in a shack in Atlanta tries to shame me before the world.
And I’ll say this. Everything from then til now STILL makes me a better person and in a better place than Tamara Brawner. I wouldn’t trade what I went through 10 years ago because it’s brought me to the beautiful place of clarity, love, peace and sobriety that I am in today. And I never, EVER forget where I came from or where I’ve been.
So Tamara-today you tried to steal my peace, my dignity, my safety, and my pride and replace it with fear, shame, embarrassment and isolation. But you have not won.
You guys can choose to leave if my past disappoints you or changes your opinion of me-if it does I’m sorry to my core. I’ve tried to do a good thing. I can’t believe I’m bawling as I write this-ridiculous. I apologize to anyone I have disappointed or let down.