2012 Winners

1st Place: Erin O’Connell

1st Place: Erin O’Connell

How I Reclaimed My Life–and My Right to Happiness I grew up in the suburbs of central New Jersey— the middle child and only girl—as part of a functional, loving family of five. My parents were (are, rather) intelligent and compassionate people, and served as exemplary role models for my brothers and me. My...

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2nd Place: Paula Whittaker

2nd Place: Paula Whittaker

Letting go of ANGER, FEAR and HATE Every woman I know complains about her in-laws sometimes. I could top anyone’s story though- I had the worst in-laws. When my son was 7 months old he suffered a brain injury while in the care of my brother-in-law. To this day I do not know what...

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3rd Place: Anne Lawrence

3rd Place: Anne Lawrence

I Am Victorious — and So Are You! This is being written not simply to share my story, but to give hope and encouragement to those who are already victorious—but who erroneously believe that victory requires transformation, or who don’t see the impact of their accomplishments. I could talk about overcoming a particularly miserable...

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