“I’d like so badly to believe wholeheartedly that there are others, besides God and Jesus himself, that truly love me. Yet, I’ve never actually been shown actions that demonstrate unconditional love. And then there’s the whole truth that I truly feel like I may have pushed away my closest encounter with unconditional love, convinced I didn’t deserve it. God bless my heart, my secrets, my truth and all those people who I’ve wronged and who have wronged me.”

– Shaquana Gardner, 2014