Feb. 2, 2024 – When she was 27 years old, a sudden trip-and-fall injury left Chekesha Kay Ellis taking pain medication. This eventually snowballed into a dangerous opioid addiction that lasted for about 10 years. “The rock bottom moment for me was total isolation,” she said. “I basically was sitting in my truck in a parking lot and realized that either I had to choose life or death.”

Ellis chose life. And since quitting and recovering, she has become an author and nationwide advocate.

She wrote her book, A Life of ‘Kayos’ – My Opioid Journey Through Hell, Hope & Healing, in 2020.

“God walked me out of the smoke, out of the situation that I was in, so that I can help others,” said Ellis. “He saved me to help others.”