Do you get tired of people whining and complaining about their circumstances? Sure, some people have pretty serious situations and I certainly don’t want to minimize the problems of others. Sometimes I barely manage my own issues. But when I meet someone who handles adversity well, my admiration soars.

Kristen Anderson has become such a person. But she wasn’t always that way. Young Kristen thought she had the picture perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook on life. Once a happy child, Kristen’s world darkened after three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a depression that didn’t seem to have a bottom.

One January night, the seventeen-year-old made a decision: She no longer wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her. She lay down on a set of cold railroad tracks and waited-for a freight train to send her to heaven…and peace

“Fear coursed through me,” she remembers. “I squeezed my eyes tighter. It’s going to be over now. The pain is going to end. I’ll be in heaven soon. As the train whistle blew, the vibration of my body stilled. The sound stopped. The wind stopped. The train stopped. Am I dead yet”

Amazingly, Kristen survived her suicide attempt… but the 33 freight cars that ran over her severed her legs. Now she not only had to deal with depression; she also had to face the physical pain and life without legs.

But Kristen’s story didn’t end there. After her darkest days Kristen discovered a real purpose for living. Now, in her compelling book Life, In Spite of Me, Kristen shares her journey from despair to hope. If you work with youth or women dealing with depression, this might be a good book to share. Read more about the book on the blog tour.

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  1. Medical Billing on June 22, 2010 8:33 am

    well written blog. Im glad that I could find more info on this. thanks

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