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Email of the Day: Hardship Helped Shape Our Character

By Dr. Laura on February, 18 2022
Email of the Day: Hardship Helped Shape Our Character

When I was 14, my parents were in a head-on collision with a drunk driver. My fatherโ€™s legs were both crushed into hundreds of fragments and my mother suffered a total facial smash. My oldest brother was 20 and came home to help with the family business in our small town. A family friend came to stay with us and help out in the business too. My sister was only 6.


I became the house cleaner, cook, surrogate mother and shopper, plus I went to school during the day. My parents were hospitalized for three months continuously and then intermittently for follow-up care and surgeries for years afterwards. Our extended family wanted to split us kids up and take my little sister and me into their homes. I told them all there was no way that was happening!


How did we cope? We all handled it differently but for me, I talked my sadness and pain out with friends. The biggest thing I knew even at that young age was we needed to maintain a routine โ€“ one foot in front of the other. Keep things as close to what Mom and Dad would do.


We turned out just fine. My oldest brother is a tax lawyer. Another brother is a surgeon. My sister was a stay-at-home mom who segued into a Human Resources career after her kids were grown. And I became a registered nurse who worked a little in the evenings and Saturdays until my kids were grown. Are we okay? You bet we are. Weโ€™re tough as nails, but softies too. Hardship helped shape our character, and we have character in spades.



Hardship Helped Shape Our Character




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