My name is Robert Lee Noell and this is my story. I am 37 years old and I grew up around the Detroit area in Michigan. I come from a broken home and grew up very poor. My childhood is a blur and I think unintentionally I’ve erased it from my mind. I started getting heavy into drugs when I was 19. Fast forward to 31 and I did absolutely nothing with my life. I collapsed my lung at 31 from smoking marijuana. I was 125 pounds soaking wet at 5 ‘ 8″.
That day in the hospital bed I told God I would follow him through sickness or in health. Since then my life has done a complete 180 degree turn. I weigh about 170 pounds now, I have a child, a great job, and I spend every dying moment with my family.
I am a sports fanatic and try to attend as many football, baseball,hockey, and basketball games as possible. I’ve been a rapper and written songs since I was 19 and found a love in Hip Hop throughout my years. It’s what spoke to me, because the streets I was from that streets I so often spoke of. I also “jit” which is a Detroit street dance founded in the 70’s as a way of battling without resorting to fighting. I love American culture.
Suicide As Part of My Life
I dealt with my first suicide prevention case about 4 years ago. My longtime friend who I hadn’t talked to in a while called me and said “Rob I’m surrounded by demons”. I went over to his house and spoke with him for 5 hours about how he wasn’t a waste of space. He had it in his head that his past actions had him so far away from his family and friends that no one would ever like him anymore. He thought that him committing suicide would lessen the pain of others by them not having to deal with him anymore. I told him that I loved him and that God loved him. It was not easy at first for him. He was struggling with severe drug addiction. I remember he told me ” I only went to church with you, because I was bored and had nothing to do”. He joined a group called Life Challenge based in Detroit and he has been sober for 4 years now. He found God and he goes around and speaks to people openly about his past.
I want to give a special thanks to Chaney’s Hands for the wonderful work they do to help with this immense problem in America today. May God bless everything you do!