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I Felt So Alone in My Family

If you’ve ever felt like you’re the only one carrying your family, Maggie can relate. “Even though I asked Christian to help me with the kids,” she says, “he didn’t respond. He just kept doing his own stuff. Trying to do everything, juggling work and taking care of the kids and home I was overwhelmed.” Christian explains, “I wanted...

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Finding Peace and Freedom
Finding Peace and Freedom

If I asked you to describe yourself, what would you say? Would you tell me your job title or refer to your relationships – husband, wife, son, daughter, friend? Would you talk about your successes, or failures, your dreams or your past? These are parts of who you are, but you are more than what you do or where you live. You are a human being...

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Angel Boy
Angel Boy

We heard shrill shouts and the dull thud of coconuts hitting the wall. From granny's bedroom where my brother and I were supposed to be sleeping, we listened to the drunken brawl pitting my mother against my aunt. After my mom ducked the coconuts, my aunt pulled a knife on her. Mom retreated behind a locked door, but kept the stream of insults flowing. Outside,...

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Learning to Love the Girl in the Mirror
Learning to Love the Girl in the Mirror

I lost my dad to suicide at the age of five. Shortly after that a family member started sexually abusing me. Several years later I lost my step dad to a horrible fire that destroyed our home. We were left with nothing except for haunting memories.  Later, I turned to drinking to ease the pain that tormented me day in and day out and also developed...

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I Didn’t Want a Divorce, But Could We Last?
I Didn't Want a Divorce, But Could We Last?

I did not want to be another divorce statistic, but the numbers were not in our favor. My husband Rudy is a bus driver and I work in dentistry - both careers that rank high in divorce statistics. We have a severely handicapped son. We struggled financially. My husband has been fighting depression for most of his life. My life and my marriage were...

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What Do You Fear?
What Do You Fear?

What do you fear, and why? Is it holding you back from realizing your full potential? The childish fears of our youth are usually replaced by new fears, or sometimes they just morph into more socially acceptable versions of those same childish fears. Watch this short film and then take a look at the related online study to think a bit more deeply...

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The Heart of an Olympian
The Heart of an Olympian

Michelle appeared to have it all - a successful soccer career, awards, honors, friends, travel, money, husband... When her life began to fall apart, Michelle found a hidden strength. Find out how this Olympic Gold Medalist rose above her trials. Michelle graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1989. She has been a member of the United...

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Shark-Victim Surfer Girl’s Simple Faith
Shark-Victim Surfer Girl's Simple Faith

Bethany Hamilton looks like any fun-loving young American teenager – bright eyed, smiling, excited about what she enjoys doing. She’s athletic, attractive, trim, tanned and blonde – qualities that in this culture can open many doors. But Bethany faces a special challenge that many her age do not. She is missing her left arm just...

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