In the past 24 years I have experienced more trauma and life experiences than any girl my age should go through. I was taken from my parents in a drug raid at 4 years old and placed in foster care. I was adopted, had my name legally changed and then I was tossed from home to home. I went through years of physical, mental and sexual abuse. I spent some time homeless and lived on the streets for a while. My brother was murdered in Detroit and I have been meeting more of my biological family since then. I was married for 5 years and then divorced and through all of that I managed to get a nursing degree and become successful. After almost losing my life last August and begging God to keep me alive if I shared my life story I decided it was time to share my story and show people that resilience is obtainable and that success is possible in a life filled with suffering and constant trials. I published my book this year ‘Taking Back The Pen” ( http://www.createspace.com/4271634) and it was a rough road digging back into the emotion to write it but the goal is to use my suffering to make a difference in somebody else’s life. from the feedback I have been getting, many lives have been changed after they have read my book.