When I was 18 years old, I fell in love with my best friend and our relationship quickly changed from what I had thought was a fairytale to a horrible disaster. I became stuck in a toxic relationship that I didn’t know how to get out of. It was a roller coaster that fluctuated between beautiful moments and terrifying ones, and the relationship was full of threats and abuse. I thought I loved him but I wasn’t sure if I really knew what love was, why did it feel like it was torturing me rather than helping me grow? In my heart I knew I wasn’t truly happy, but every time I would try to leave him he would manipulate me to stay. It took me hitting rock bottom to finally gain the courage to let him go, and it took years to finally find myself again after the emotional trauma the relationship put me through. I believe that every person should be educated on toxic relationships and abuse, if I had been equipped with the proper tools in my younger years it would have drastically changed my life. My mission in life is to share my story and help people avoid the pitfalls of toxic relationships.