Shelly Edwards Jorgensen grew up with a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde alcoholic father, who would become violent when drinking. “Every day was a risk,” she tells Tony Chapman in this episode of Chatter That Matters. She was 15 years old when he murdered her mother — her biggest advocate and the person she loved most in the world.
Shelly recounts the events leading up to her mother’s death and the burning of her home. She also shares the difficult years that followed, including having to live with her father as the case dragged on, until he was finally arrested and tried for the crime.
Shelly talks about the tools that got her through depression, the mindset shift that changed how she looks at adversity, and the visions of her mother continuing to cheer her on from heaven.
Writing in her book Beautiful Ashes that the glass is neither half full nor half empty but refillable, Shelly proves there is a path to healing no matter what.
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