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Reported by Lacee Griffith

Heart and Soul: One Woman's Story of Hope


SALISBURY, Md. - Hundreds went to Oak Ridge Baptist Church on Sunday to listen to one woman's amazing story of hope.

Some people pass train tracks everyday, but one woman laid down on them in an attempt to take her life.

Kristen Anderson said, "So right before it got there, I made the impulsive decision actually to lay down on the tracks. When I was looking around, I looked behind me to my right and I saw my legs about ten feet behind me on my right."

Anderson lost both of her legs, but said her spirit only grew. She was 17 at the time. She said she felt hopeless and depressed after losing four friends, one from a brain tumor, two in vehicle accidents and one from suicide.

Anderson also said she was stalked and raped. It all lead up to the day where she said she tried to end her own life.

"The police report says that 33 freight train cars went over me at 55 miles per hour and I remember it all completely because I was conscious. I also lost eight pints of blood and scientifically you're supposed to die after you lose five," Anderson said.

Anderson said it was after all that, she learned to live again. She added it was God who turned her life around.

"I had no idea that he created me to be in a serious personal and intimate relationship with him or that I needed to choose to accept his forgiveness and let him lead my life to know that I would go to heaven," Anderson says.

However, while she's here on Earth, she said she knows her purpose. To help others who are feeling the way she once did. Five years ago, Anderson started an organization that helps teenagers fight depression.

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