“I’ve watched too many people try to make other people happy and it takes away from their own joy. He loved me and he still made these choices. I had to understand it wasn’t about me -at all.”

Cortney Donelson

“I did everything to deny who I was, because if you are not good enough for your mother, how do you reckon with that?”

Kim Honeycutt

“They were thinking, ‘who in his right mind would think that he can even attempt this?’ But they had already seen my mindset and I needed that focus.”

Jaco Van Gass

“I had my back to where the gunman came in..so the people facing me saw it first..We were under the table as he made his way closer and closer to us..I didn’t feel fear or panic and I don’t know if that’s a reaction the body goes into.”

Helen Connolly

“I found myself in Afghanistan..engaged in a war fighting an enemy that was extremely effective. War is a corrosive, caustic thing…”

Scott Mann

“You either live your life writing a story or telling one. I am trying to write one.”

Naeem Fazal

“I went upstairs to say ‘goodnight’ to her..but she wasn’t in her bed and out of the corner of my eye in the dim light I could see she was standing in her closet..(but) she wasn’t standing in her closet..Five days later, 900 people came to her wake.”

Eric Hodgdon

“Amanda was crying and she said, ‘I wish daddy was here’. I said, ‘I wish he was here too’..it was an unbelievably bad time.”

Stacy Feintuch

“I felt really dirty. I was struggling with all of that..I was so desperate for help and I knew I would become an alcoholic or go to drugs. I knew I had to let people help me or my life would be over.”

Danielle Justus

“He was a very, very special and beautiful human being..I could not deny he was the right person for me..but to hear that Jason had committed these horrific crimes just broke everything into a million pieces, and that is where the journey began.”

Shannon Moroney

“I was responding with peace rather than one more bitter person in the world who was vengeful.”

Anne Marie Cockburn

“Because she always made fun of me and made fun of my body, I had no confidence in how I looked.”

Gayle Kirschenbaum

“I was terrified of everyone in a police uniform and thought they were going to kill me…I had to figure out how to continue living.”

Bjorn Ihler

“She was standing in the shelter doorway..so thin and malnourished, dirty clothes and she smelled..what could we do?”

Heather Oglesby

“I was sexually abused as a child from the age of three. When I think back to my childhood, I don’t have any happy memories. It was a sad time for me..there was always this secret.”

Suzanne Alden

“When I saw the face (of the terrorist) I heard a voice inside saying ‘forgive them, they know not what they do.”

Kia Scherr

“There were three Jewish boys in my class and no-one would talk to us. They were intimidated by fear. It was horrendous.”

Henry Wuga

“I feel like I am living life in a way I haven’t before – very mindfully and with my emotions engaged in a way they’ve never been..”

Caryn Sullivan

“Okay, you lost your parents but..there is something else to share with the world rather than your victimised self.”

Valeria Palmertree

“I was 7 months pregnant..I learned my (then) husband had hired two friends to murder his father and the murder was carried out.”

Angie Mozilo

“I was raised in the wilderness for the first 12 years of my life..I forced my mother to leave..we all ended up in foster care..but we were all separated.”

Chloe Rachel Gallaway

“I was cutting drugs for my father at the age of six… we thought violence was normal”

Lee Davidson

“I had to recognise what this pattern was in my life, and it goes back to early childhood abandonment….This path I went on ..strengthened the neural networks that created the pattern in the first place.”

Mary Shores

“I was held captive in my hotel room by a gunman..It made me question what I wanted to do with my time on Earth.”

Emma Slade

“We heard the noise and everyone fell to their feet – we were each being shaken like a rag doll”

Row Smith

“Any parent of a child with disabilities goes through stages of acceptance. I had to grieve to begin with, to let go of a lot of dreams and replace them with other dreams.”

Ramona Zabriskie

“I have gone from being this Trans person who was homeless and really struggling – to being this Trans person who is the spokesperson for the Trans Community.”

Aiden Berzins

“I was sentenced to 25 to life for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm..I was really scared..I didn’t know if I would ever get out..I realised that I was the problem, and I was also the solution. I had the power to create something different.”

Kenyatta Leal

“The woman that killed my child was drunk, she..picked him up from childcare.She had been drinking and hit a tree….people just showed up..to support us.”

Mark Susnow

“He provided a list of things he wanted me to do as his partner..I had to prove myself to him..I heard him packing his things and I realised I hadn’t done enough to save this marriage.”

Kelsey Leighton

“I was diagnosed with HIV, and at that time it was a death sentence…I was diagnosed later with Leukemia..I stopped my cancer treatment but John died holding my hand”

John Andrews

“I was West of Scotland body-building champion and now I can’t brush my own teeth.”

Paul Smith

“When she started to turn 13, all these memories came back. It was like a porn film running through my head.”

Madeleine Black

“I wasn’t content. I was seeking this perfection. I thought that’s what people did.”

Tina McGuff

“At the core of what I was doing and how I was acting, it was all about me….In some ways I was a victim…but it was my decisions that led me down this path.”

Marc Donelson

“I felt I couldn’t share it, because I was hiding who I was….This alter ego I had was holding me back in so many ways…I would absolutely panic that they would ask me what my parents do.”

Chelsea Cameron

“I began to hyperventilate, screaming and going into shock. I convinced myself I couldn’t carry on without Will. It wasn’t possible.”

Bobbi Huffman

“I am finding a way to become a stronger, better person despite a diagnosis of Myelodysplastic Syndrome.”

Ally Boyle

“I was mutilated at the age of six – and it was arranged by my mother.”

Hibo Wardere

“I hit my head on the ocean floor and broke my neck. I was lying face down in the water and I have never felt so alone even amidst thousands of people.”

Jaap Bressers

“Thriving is feeling comfortable in who I am and what I stand for. I’ve stopped living the script my father gave me.”

Jacqui Jones

“Without evidence or investigation I was sentenced to ten years in a Moroccan prison for a crime I didn’t commit. I refused to let them imprison my mind.”

Jospeh Oubelkas

“When you’re sad…do things to make you happy…go to a friend’s house..”

Lliam Kilgour

“On the 13 September 2014 my brother David was murdered by ISIS and a video of his death put on the internet for the world to see.”

Mike Haines

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