‘You are not alone,’ Gatlinburg fire victim Constance Reed shares story of abuse, hope

GATLINBURG (WATE) – A Gatlinburg mother’s message is living on to help others.

Constance Reed and her two daughters, Chloe and Lily, died trying to escape a wildfire that burned their home. Michael Reed, the husband of Constance Reed, shared a video on YouTube on February 15, 2015. The video shows Constance Reed showing cards that talk about her history of physical and verbal abuse.

Since her death, the video has received hundreds of views with many commenters saying her story needs to be kept alive. “She died protecting her children,” said one commenter. “let’s make sure that her story of courage does not die along with her!”

Michael Reed’s family said the video was extremely personal for Constance Reed. They gave WATE 6 On Your Side permission to post the video and said they felt like it was a good opportunity for her to tell her story.

In the video, Constance Reed shares the story of coping with post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder, but she also shares a message of hope. Through tears, the mother of three holds up cards saying she accepts her past and owns it. She also reaches out to others to urge them to get help.

“If your life sounds like me… YOU ARE NOT ALONE! And realize that you, too are a beautiful child of God!”

Do you need help?

If you are  in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. Otherwise, the Helen Ross McNabb offers a domestic violence crisis hotline. The 24-hour hotline provides information for victims to receive any-time-of-day access to safety planning and information on emergency shelter, support groups and other domestic violence services:

Or contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800=-799-SAFE (7233), or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). They also offer a live chat.

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