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...
"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."
"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."
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.
I felt that I failed him, my only son. I released myself and forgave myself. I had to go back to my relationship with my creator and my God. God showed me his love by allowing me to make my choices. He allowed me to make decisions. I parented Jacob in the same way. I believe God gives us a choice. At times, he would want a different path for us, but if our choices are what we wanted, he would allow it. God allowed me to make my own choices. I did the same for my son: l set him free and let him live his life to his full potential the way that he wished, on his own terms.
“Become a person who has more to offer.” Like most resilient thrivers, Gina uses her life experiences to better the lives of others. She told me that she knows she has become a person with more to offer, and ultimately this is the main goal we have in life.
"I became a single mom, really unsure about anything. I didn’t have a good family support system and the survival fire in me was bursting. I knew I would have to work hard, stop blaming others, stop waiting to be saved and really save myself. I wanted to be a role model for my son."