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Michael Magan Testimonial

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My name is Michael Magan. I was born in Owensboro, Ky. I grew up being taught right and wrong, to never lie, and steal. My parents instilled integrity in me. They were saints. I started farming at an early age. Raising tobacco, cattle, and corn. I remember playing in the barns, pretending to be Batman, or being a police man. Never once do I remember wanting to grow up to become a drug addict or an alcoholic.

As a young man I never did drugs or drink much alcohol. At the age of 21, I began a career in law enforcement. I saw things and was involved in situations that no 21 year old should ever have to see. In my 11 years of law enforcement, I worked side by side with the Secret Service when President George Bush visited Owensboro, was a special deputy with US Marshall service, and was hired as personal security. But with the good came the bad.

I was injured several times in the line of duty. Being naive to drugs, the pain medications the doctor prescribed me took complete control of my life. I couldn’t stop the cycle that was ruining my life. I lost my family, my house, my children, and any job I tried to have. In a very short time, I went from protecting and serving, to living in abandon houses, homeless shelters, eating out of dumpsters, jail, prison, and the list goes on.

I would get a good bit of clean time under my belt, but I’d always be missing something. In January of 2018 I had surgery on my right foot. With 4 yrs of clean time under my belt, I felt I could once again take pain pills without consequence. On February 9th I was rushed to Owensboro hospital. I had overdosed, my blood pressure bottomed out, my kidneys shut down, I had become sepsis, and was on a ventilator. Doctors stated if I made it through the night, I would at least be on dialysis. If I made it.

That night I surrendered to God. I asked Him to give me another chance to life. All the times that I wanted to die- this time I wanted to live. The next morning I woke up and my kidneys were at 80%. I wasn’t out of the woods yet, but I was alive. I haven’t had a drink or drug since.

Thirty days later I was at Isaiah House. I knew how to love others, but I couldn’t love myself. Through this program, I have learned I suffer from low self esteem. That I struggle from emotional pain from being a deputy, the loss of friends, guilt and shame. Today I love myself and in return, I can truly love others. God gave me another chance to be a vessel for Him. Today I don’t eat out of dumpsters, I drink from a living water. My children can believe me when I tell them I love them. Today I work for the Isaiah House. I’m able to be on time, receive a pay check, and work with integrity. I still don’t know who I am. But I sure know who I don’t want to be. Blessed by God and the Isaiah House. By the grace of God there go I.


  1. Tamra Duvall on July 31, 2019 at 11:33 am said:

    Congratulations Michael, keep going…I pray my son gets to find himself again too.

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