One new relationship can change everything...

Do you ever feel insecure about certain aspects in your life or worry how others may judge you?  Once you start being honest with yourself and with others, you will see the world is not a lonely place.   Everyone can either understand, or support your story.  

In April 2013, my husband and I were in need of a spiritual relationship to help guide us with his battles with addiction.  It was 6 months prior to our wedding when I finally stopped being naive to the truth that was in front of me. I didn't want to see it, because i feared it.  His addiction changed everything.  His struggles were even changing me, and I didn't even see it.  I now struggle with my own insecurities, the constant worries, trust, and emotional exhaustion.  It has made me crazy at times, because I can't relate with him.  What I have learned from all of this, is I can be my husbands rock, rather than turn away.  Once we accepted our struggles from this disease, we were building that spiritual relationship we were missing.   

Michael and I decided to go to Journey Community Church because we had heard great things.  I remember our first day vividly, it wasn't by coincidence we were there... God wanted us there!  It just so happened that Pastor Jim decided to change things up that morning, and gave his word from the Cafe, instead of the auditorium.  The service that day was, "Don't let your struggle be your Headline!"  My husband, who has always defined himself by his struggles, has only viewed life that way.  He needed to start seeing his self-worth.  Its because of his battles that we found God, and found the strength to overcome the hurdles that come our way.  

Now, don't get me wrong, the challenges are still an ongoing struggle.  But we are letting our Faith guide us.  My husband has been in a rehabilitation program since this past July.  I have finally surrendered, sought help, and started to build a foundation for myself.  It is by God's grace alone, we are able to get through.  By his grace I have not given up on my husband or our marriage.  I have a great man by my side, and with the biggest heart of anyone I know.  I will continue this journey as long as I put my faith in God.

This Climb is for my relationship with our Heavenly Father. Trusting him to get me through the challenges.  Its believing that I am strong enough to overcome any situation.  This climb is to give those hope, and that no matter what obstacle you face, and what gets in the way, he will help you rise above those circumstances.  

I am climbing to raise awareness for the Cleveland Hope Center that will be open in 2016, and Church planting in Northeast Ohio!  To help people persevere over what life throws at them.  The Cleveland Hope Center will help people find jobs, feed families, provide counseling, and build their faith in God.  I heard this recently from a Leader at a recent service: God Loves To Restore Broken Dreams.  God Loves To Restore Broken Hope.  

I hope my story will inspire others.  I hope this challenges you to be open minded to the disease of addiction and how it enslaves those who suffer, and the loved ones of the suffering.   Not to be discouraged by your adversity, but rather it strengthen you.  

For Christians, pray for me and my fellow climbers.  For non believers, send good vibes our way!

All donations are given to Journey Community Church and a tax-deductible statement will be available to you at the end of the year. Contributions are made and received with the understanding that Journey Community Church and its entities have complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds. They may be used for other participants involved in the climb, The Cleveland Hope Center, Journey Missions, or Church Planting. No refunds will be issued to participants or donors, even if the climber does not complete the climb. If you have questions or concerns please contact us via email at: info@journeypeople.com

Bob and Kim Sweeney
We Love you Cuz.
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Kristen Davis
Best of luck to you Abby!! What a beautiful testimony ❤️
Christie Cereshko
Blessings for your journey and your CLIMB!
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Kristin & Matt
We love you and are excited for your journey. You will do amazing!!!
Carol Pudlock
Way to go ABBY! I can relate to your story. God bless you and wonderful family, good luck on your climb and trip! Love ya!
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Bre
Good luck, Abby!!!!!
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Cristin Lukcso
You are a great mom and wife! Your strength is inspiring. Best of luck!
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Anonymous
pasta drive/final tshirt weekend
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Amy Parks
You go girl! I am rooting for you. September 11th is my wedding anniversary, and it will be difficult for me this year. Your inspirational story will give me something good to focus on. You be careful up there!!
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tshirt sales 8/23-8/25
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Kili Fundraiser Dinner
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team tshirt sales 8/16-8/23
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tshirt sales 8/16-8/23
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team tshirt sales 8/9-8/16
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Abby Samerigo
Tshirt sales 8/9-8/16
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Mrs. Dow $100.00
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Abby Samerigo
team tshirt sales as of 8/8
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Abby Samerigo
Tshirt sales as of 8/8
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Cathy McPhillips
Proud to be your friend! You inspire me every time we are together!
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Jamie & Dave
We love you!! You are so brave. Please be safe :)
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Parma City Schools
Fundraising Pool for Abby!!
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Monica Price
For Abby - Fundraising!
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Sandy
You can do this. With God you can do anything!!
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Barb Cash
Good Luck
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Ava Szlamas
May God bless you and your family, always. Thank you for sharing your story; it was truly thought provoking and inspirational.
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Jess Lunrano
Merry Christmas BeautIful Soul! Love you!! Xoxo you're such an inspiration !!
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Just a small amount to help you on your way. You're beautiful:) Jess Kekelis
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Kristin Mann
Love to you both!!
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Tyné Brannan
I am beyond proud of you and your willingness to partake in such an amazing journey. Well wishes my friend and God Bless!
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