It was like an electrical current went through my body. It was a feeling I can’t describe. Something changed in me in that instant. I wasn’t scared at all, instead I felt amazing! From that moment, I changed and I instantly said to myself, “Sharon, believe you're the fastest, you're the fittest, you're the strongest...
"During my abusive relationship with my first boyfriend, I thought maybe this is how it is behind closed doors. I didn’t know any better. I was so young, and no one really talked about unhealthy relationships back then."
"In 2007, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and MS. I attributed these conditions to that anger I was harboring in my heart. I spent a year in bed. I couldn't move; I was so weak, and I was in so much pain. I was on a lot of medication, but I was not getting better. My body was attacking itself because I was allergic to the MS drugs."
A person who has so many downs could have a tendency to be careful, less adventurous, and ungrateful for the progress. Amy showed me how she feels completely strong and protected. She understands fully that downs may come, as most people have to go through various disappointments in life, but she is fully aware that her resilience arsenal is full of weapons that she knows how to use.
"I knew I loved my husband so much. I was torn between the pain I felt and being a burden to my husband. There was something still keeping me here. So, I asked for help. I went into psychiatric hospitals, twice in one year, where I was sedated with medications to the point that I could not feel any emotion. However, the medications kept me alive for as long as I needed to find other treatments."
"One of the attributes Cathy shares in the book is seeing things from a positive perspective, finding ways to see the light within the hardship. What really made me feel completely in awe of Cathy was that she did that as a child. She found the light while she was going through such trauma all alone, without therapy or the guidance of an adult."
"Every night this happened, it was always because I had done something bad, which accelerated the shame I felt. I was confused, especially because he said that my mother knew about it. I was hurt. It felt uncomfortable, wrong, and so painful."
"April sees people with completely different eyes, especially now that she understands how God loves us all independently of who we are and our choices. She loved her kids fully, and she learned from raising them that the most important and difficult part is communication."
"At this moment, the nine deliveries flashed in front of me, and I realized that automatic feeling of love. With that, I understood the depth of the love God felt for me. I knew I was worth saving and all of my hardships happened so I could understand the love God felt for me and that he never abandoned me."
You can rebuild after abuse. The damage from an abusive relationship takes a deep toll. When Savannah spoke about wanting to help girls and young women, she mentioned wanting to focus on confidence-building and how to choose relationships.