Nadie had shut herself in the room by herself. Overwhelmed by despair, she just wanted to hide—perhaps hide from her husband, from her grief, from life itself. Then she sensed a hand on her shoulder. She was all alone, but she knew what she felt. Yet the presence didn’t bring fear. Instead, it brought peace and freedom.
Absorbing Life’s Harsh Blow
Nadie’s childhood had been a happy one. Her parents were loving and worked hard to provide a good life for Nadie and her younger brother. Then Nadie’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Though she fought the cancer bravely for three years, it ultimately took her life.
Losing her mother traumatized Nadie. Grief, bitterness and hatred consumed the 16-year-old girl, who had been closer to her mother than to her father. “Since then, I grew up with a bitter and rebellious attitude and also started hating everything and everyone,” Nadie said. Caring for nothing and no one, Nadie threw herself into her studies, pushing away her father and her brother. Perhaps it was easier than facing the pain and the giant hole in her heart.
When Nadie’s father remarried, it ignited further resentment in the teenager’s heart. She distanced herself from her entire family, bearing her burdens alone. Loneliness, anger and grief became her closest companions.
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