Caroyln Thomas grew up into a care-free young woman who enjoyed life. But in 1995, she met the man who would change her life forever. Throughout their eight year relationship, she experienced domestic abuse of unspeakable levels. She was caged from the outside world. She experienced helplessness, powerlessness, isolation, control, manipulations, fear, intimidation, and loss of self by an abusive partner on various levels. The abusive relationship progressed to a lethal plateau over time.

Eight years later, she was shot in the face at point-blank range by a her abuser. Although not expected to live, she had 11 reconstructive over two years at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. According to Carolyn, she survived by God’s hand.  

While recovering, she discovered her purpose and decided that with her second chance at life, she would tell her story to all who were willing to listen. She started a foundation to reduce or eliminate barriers for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Her foundation is called Voices 4 All – The Carolyn Thomas Foundation. She has spoken all over the country about domestic abuse and even made an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show.

"I have come a long way. I am proud to hold my head up and continue on with my life. Some people have said,It is all downhill for Carolyn now... with all of my reconstructive surgeries and media interviews completed over a two year period. I say it's all straight up hill for Carolyn now. Plastic surgery and past counseling have both given me a great new beginning to heal and illustrated the determination I possess. You just don't have to let the world pass you by. Get up and do something about it. I'm going to make the best of my life, starting right now!" – Carolyn Thomas

To learn more about Carolyn, visit her website: Http://carolyn-thomas.com.

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