I am a Blog-a-Mama. While on their site I linked to a very powerful, personal story from a woman who survived years of physical abuse and came out stronger on the other side.
the AWWWBUTmum story brought tears to my eyes, but made me remember that we are all stronger than we could have ever imagined.
Here is a quote that is listed on the same blog that I hope to live by.
"All your life you are told things you cannot do. All your life they will say you are not good enough or strong enough or talented enough. They will say you're the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or achieve that. They will tell you no, a thousand times no. Until all the no's become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no quite firmly and very quickly. And you will tell them - YES!"
NIKE - Just Do It