Erica DeCima: Tells Her Story!

“For the majority of my life, I’ve always felt incomplete and never really understood why until recently. I spent the majority of my childhood lost and alone in a big world that I didn’t understand, and to this day it still affects me to some degree. When I was a kid, I used to blame myself for the way things were, mostly because I couldn’t understand why I didn’t matter to the very people whom were supposed to
love me, my parents.”

26 year old Erica DeCima opens up to us about her traumatizing past and how it effected her as a child.

She says “I grew up with a mother whom was addicted to drugs, alcohol and just about everything in-between. My father was very abusive and wasn’t in the picture until much later on in my childhood. My life was unstable, and I was forced to grow up fast in a world full of people I didn’t trust, I mean how I could when both of my parents were nonexistent? I found myself on path into the Foster Care System when I was 12, and from there things just seemed to spiral downhill. I moved quite a bit, changed schools frequently, and never kept people close because I knew that eventually one day I would lose them. Friends were easy to make, but harder to keep. I bounced through foster homes and group homes until I turned 18. On the day of my 18th birthday I walked away from my childhood and stepped into the world that I wasn’t yet ready for.”

“I spent the next few years, stumbling around trying to figure out who I was and what I wanted out of this life, but I lacked the very essentials that most people take for granted, family. But I didn’t let that affect who I was going to become. At 18, I figured out how to thrive in a society that expected me to fail. You see, most children with a background similar to mine lack confidence, motivation and the basic foundation that keeps them on their toes, but I was strong and motivated to create a better future for myself. As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to learn that life always presents itself with new opportunities even when you think all the doors may be closed.”

All of these traumatizing events throughout her life because of child abandonedment have helped her open up even more and create a book that she tells us about right here:

“My book is called “A Wilted Flower” says Ms. DeCima, and my goal is to spread awareness about the effects of foster care giving children whom have been abandoned a voice. My book is about showing people, that no matter where you have been or what you have been through, it will get better. Because
that’s exactly what children need, HOPE.”

Support The Quiet hopes to help Ms. DeCima get her story out there to help others have a voice like her so that they know that they’re not alone 






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