About a year ago, I was abducted from a bar by three men (they slipped me a roofie when I looked away) taken to a run-down motel and raped and tortured for 12 hours by three men. As a result, I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Approaching the one year anniversary, my parents promised to send me on this trip to Barcelona over the Christmas break (I love art history and have been so excited to see all of Gaudi's work, go to the Picasso museum and see the beautiful architecture) because they know how hard I have worked - 5 days a week with my psychologist (plus emergency sessions) and in trauma group twice a week to begin the healing process.
A week ago my parents said they couldn't afford it anymore, so I wasn't going to be able to go. I've been working on the side, (between school, therapy and trauma support groups) and booked 4 nights at a hotel because there was a great deal on Expedia, which of course is non-refundable. That was a lot of money for me, so I am doing my best to not let this dream die. I still really, really want to make this dream a reality - but I need help raising the funds for a plane ticket and the other nights I'll be there.
Barcelona has been the light at the end of the very dark tunnel I have been in for the past year; the promise and excitement of going on this trip that has gotten me through many the flashbacks and night terrors. Though I am a survivor and have fought literally for my life to be where I am today, the pain of what happened still haunts me. This trip to Barcelona has meant the world to me. I figure if some kind people read this and donate a little bit, it will all add up and then I'll still be able to go. I know it's a long shot, but it's worth trying! Thank you for reading this, that alone means a lot to me.