Published on Jun 9, 2015
I am what despair and abuse, abandonment, hopelessness and depravity look like, however I don’t look like it on the outside, so you don’t treat me like where I’ve been. Through a suicide attempt, I was introduced to recovery. Recovery introduced me to me. Someone I had never met. Once I was introduced to me, it was important that I formulate the best romance ever and find a way to give to myself what I had been responsible for giving to others all of my life, hope. Once I learned how to give it to me and always keep just enough to give to another woman, my sisters, my eyes and ears. I began living a life with a purpose. It’s the best love story ever.
Telling my everyday story may inspire someone to share that she needs help with addiction, or give someone the freedom to share that she too is living a life of recovery. To shatter the stigma associated with drug addiction and recovery.
Professional, engaged, mommy. Intelligent, articulate and funny. Sincere, compassionate and giving. I am more than my title and more than my appearance.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
COMMENTS • 80
zeelutty Bara1 month ago
I came to listen for a couple of seconds…2minutes max…I told myself…and I stayed the whole 21minutes…because its that compelling…well that was time well spent. Thank you for sharing your story.
je07062 months ago
Thats exactly what big cities need. After school centers and recreation centers for children. –im totally going to be a human services major.
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Ari Holt1 month ago
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N. Fer. Ⓥ1 month ago
What I’d give to have a mom like her. It makes me wanna be the person that she is for me for millions of people one day. I dont know if I will ever reach millions, but I ill reach many and I will make them safe.
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N. Fer. Ⓥ1 month ago
Tamara Sanouge77 thank you❤️
dylan1 month ago
I am not blaming you or assuming you’re being over dramatic I’m just giving you advice from someone who grew up with a neglectful and abusive parent who ultimately abandoned me. You need to love and respect yourself because if you look for others to give you that love and respect before you find in it yourself you will start a very vicious cycle. If you have been sexually assaulted please contact the police and if you feel unsafe at home and your parents are abusive then please contact social services or can you stay at grandparents or your friends parents for awhile?
ArtemusPrime1 month ago
This really needs way more views
f8thefreaky1 month ago
It is, indeed, the greatest love story I’ve ever heard. ❤️
Katrina’sWay6 months ago
Megan1 month ago
This made me cry. Ericka, you inspire me to be better.
Rowing Gorilla1 month ago
I’m a cocaine & alcohol addict. You helped me
Mike Johnson18 hours ago
Rowing Gorilla : look up Ibogaine.
kackerlakensalat1 month ago
and like every great lovestory, it made me cry
sdfghjm qwerty1 month ago
THERE ARE TEARS IN MY EYES OMG
jai Mzpicklez1 month ago
this made me cry so hard
Antoinetta Gauth1 year ago
This is AWESOME! Ericka so glad we crossed paths.
sffoodphotography1 month ago
This is the first Ted Talk that made me cry. What a beautiful story about self love. Thank you for sharing so openly, Ericka. This story has inspired me to believe that it is never too late to wake up and start finding the greatest love story of all time. Let’s love ourselves more.
Nishtha Panday1 month ago
just out of this world….beautiful beautiful beautiful
Alexis Nosiri1 month ago
Praise God. Extraordinary woman.
Zahra S1 month ago
Woah. I didn’t expect that. These onions be strong.
Naijha Wright1 year ago
nolacruz1 month ago
Great Ted Talk!
Morgan Captain1 month ago
Wow, strong woman!
Lisa Hibbert-Simpson4 weeks ago
Thank you! You are awesome!