Suicide Survivor Shares Her Story in Odessa

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - A woman who attempted suicide by laying on train tracks is sharing her story in the Basin. Suicide survivor Kristen Anderson spoke at First Baptist Church in Odessa on Friday night.

12 years after her attempt, Anderson is sharing the darkest time of her life to let others know they are not alone and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

It was a freezing January night. Anderson was just 17-years-old when she laid herself on a set of train tracks.

"I just wanted to end the pain," Anderson said. "I was just hoping that whatever came after this life was better than what I was living through."

Within a year and a half, Anderson's life spiraled out of control.

Four friends and her grandmother all passed away. She was also being stalked and was raped.

The train was coming. She closed her eyes and felt it go over her body.

"I felt something like some force or some wind just push me down and hold me there," Anderson said. "I really think that was God protecting me and sparing my life for whatever reason."

Miraculously, Anderson survived losing both legs.

"I couldn't believe this was actually happening, I couldn't believe I was actually living this," she said.

But Anderson said she is living for a reason to spread her message of hope to those who need it most.

"I mean it's just obvious that suicide in our area is something that's just too prevalent," Pastor, Byron McWilliams, said.

Anderson said after sharing her story the first time was when she realized she wasn't alone.

"Almost everyone came up to me after and told me they had struggled with suicidal thoughts or depression or they knew somebody who did," she said.

Now she said she's grateful for a second chance.

"If I wasn't still here I wouldn't have been able to do this or see this or feel this," Anderson said.

But most importantly she and Pastor McWilliams want those who are struggling to know it gets better.

"Every day is not a great day necessarily but tomorrow has the potential to be a far better one," McWilliams said.

"There really is a lot of peace and happiness and joy in life, you really just have to hold on and look forward to the future," Anderson said.