Every woman in my family has broken away from those things that hindered us.
My mother left home at a very early age and moved far away from her family and support system so that she could have a different life.
I refused to be a stereotypical teenage mother and found a way out of the violence and substance abuse that was so pervasive in my life.
My daughters continue to change and grow with work, education, marriage and now families of their own.
I am thankful that all of us found the strength and courage to break the cycles and find true happiness in our lives.