In this episode I chat with my little sister about how her parent’s decisions when she was little shaped how she is today, as well as her own struggles with depression and anxiety and a nearly fatal UTV accident.*
Jesi say she doesn’t remember much up until about age 13. When she was little her parents were addicted to drugs, so she was alone a lot. She learned to be independent and how to take care of herself. As a teenager, she was desperate for their attention. She would do anything to get it.
Towards the end of her Sophomore year in High School, she was pulled from class because our mom had gone through her stuff and found a suicide note. The counselor and principal talked to Jesi and offered their help. She turned them down which, now as an adult, she regrets.
The beginning of Jesi’s Senior year of High School, she had an archery tag. She and her boyfriend, our brother and his wife had been out hunting that day. On the way down, they were going a little too fast around a turn and they rolled. They were not wearing seat belts, so Jesi was thrown from the RZR, as well as her boyfriend. This was an incredibly rare time that NOT wearing a seat belt actually saved their lives. Jesi suffered a major concussion and fractured several bones in her back. She was life-lighted off the mountain, but was miraculously able to come home the next day.
Listen to the full episode to hear all the details.
*Please note: this is the guest’s story. Their story is how they perceive it. It is not my judgement or responsibility to determine whether or not this story and the things said are true. Please be open minded when listening to/reading these stories.
KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
-Get the help you need when you need it.
-Negative behavior does not equal good attention.
LINKS TO THINGS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
-Jesi’s favorite book: Do You Know the Money Man?
-Jesi’s favorite product: Coconut oil
-Jesi’s song recommendation: I’ve Done Love by Jana Kramer (listen on the Hard Knocks guest list on Spotify)
Strength is what we gain from the madness we survive.
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