As a young adult I struggled with knowing who I truly was. I was angry with my parents for not getting their life together. I saw my mother endure years of abuse and always wondered why she stayed. Now that I am older, I see that my mother held on to hope to survive. She was a true fighter. Many years later, my parents divorced. Since then I have seen my mom grow into the woman she should have been. She is happier, stronger, and full of life. I’m so glad she was able to withstand so much and love us throughout it all. She has raised me to be strong, independent, hopeful and full of love and laughter. Love truly does conquer all evils in the world!