Dear 14 year old Jenna,
I know you are confused and devastated and worried life won’t ever be the same again. And it won’t be the same. It gets better! You have over 500 supporters! I know that right now you feel like just another statistic. You feel ashamed and guilty. But you are more than a number listed on a data sheet on a .gov website. You are beautiful, courageous and inspirational.
Someday you will know in your head and in your heart that it wasn’t your fault. Someday you will go all day without thinking about it, then maybe a week. You will feel normal again. You will realize that when you tell your story, people won’t look at you with pity. Instead, they will look at you with admiration.
You will make a difference in the lives of others. It seems crazy now, but it will happen. You will learn that no one blames you. And you will learn that you aren’t alone. Sure, at first it will be through works of fiction, but you will find people in real life too.
I know it seems terrible now. life is falling apart around you. Everything has changed. But change is good, and although you don’t see it now, this is good too. You’re safe now. You will thrive, just give it some time. And try to remember that even on the worst days, there’s a possibility for JOY!
Love: 21 year old Jenna