Women and adversity: One woman’s road to finding her worth

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 We’ve heard the story of 17-year old Malala Yousafzai, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner from Pakistan. Oprah Winfrey’s past is an open book as is J.K. Rowling’s of Harry Potter fame.

I wanted to learn more stories of conquering adversity so I simply typed in “How women can overcome adversity” in Google’s search box. Two dozen headlines appeared at:


In “Growing up in a Hippie commune: Making Peace” Abby Pingree talks of her epiphany after enduring physical and sexual abuse as a child.

She writes, “These early experiences of strong discipline, inappropriate attention and uncertainty left me feeling confused and troubled well into my adulthood. I unconsciously questioned my relevance and worth — feeling that there was something fundamentally and irreparably wrong with me.”

She endured and found true meaning in her life, and ends with:

“These early years spent in the Love Israel Family have become a blessing for me — a precious gift. As I embrace and release painful childhood memories what’s left is a deep love and gratitude. As I let go of all blame my heart opens and I am free. I experience sincere gratitude and love of all who were there and experienced with me. Perhaps this is the felt understanding of true forgiveness.”

I say, “Amen.”




Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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