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Dori rose above abuse

Organized by: Doris Koenig

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3 decades ago i was stricken with low blood sugar and anxiety. So...for 23 years i was unable to work. It was ok because God sent me a wonderful man. He was so loving and even thoigh he only made 75 dollars a week we always seemed to make ends meet....but 20 years later he became extremely abusive and controlling. He had me beaten down emotionally and rendered me a person with no self esteem. At that time we had three sons ages 13 16 and 19. I think you got so mean because he climb the corporate ladder and made $85,000 a year. He said to me those are my boys and I can beat the heck out of him if I want to and if you don't like it get out. Knowing that I had no job no family and no money where was I to go? Well in 1999 January I remember he told my sixteen-year-old the police will pry my cold dead fingers off your throat. I knew then I couldn't take anymore of that so the next morning when my husband went to work I told my sixteen-year-old it was time to go and I took him and his thirteen-year-old son and fled to a woman's shelter. The 19 year old was Safeway in college. So that left me with an old Cadillac for the winter clothes two teenage Sons no job and $100 in my pocket with a gas credit card. I had a friend who had no furniture in her formal living room thank goodness it was carpeted because that's what we slept on the floor for 4 months. I was grateful to call it a roof over my head. My first job paid $7.25 an hour and in 1999 that did not go too far. I decided it was time to go to college with that said I went from welfare to teaching to grad school in a year and a half. I graduated Suma Kum laude and started working with special needs children. And then I move back home to Florida. Teachers Pay is much better than 725 an hour but would she chooses to stretch far enough so I decided to go again to college and work on my Doctorate in Education I'm proud to say I graduated this past June 2016 Suma Kum laude with a GPA of 3.92. But a misfortune it work actually I should say a violent student cost me a lot. I had to take an early retirement and my neck is now fused in three spots. My student loans are way out there at the tune of just below $300,000. Interest climbs all the time and I'm not quite certain how I'll ever pay off this debt. That's why I'm reaching out to you. I give away a lot of my talents free to those in need and will continue to do so. If in fact you could help me put anything into my GoFundMe account it will go directly to Lourdes student loans! Otherwise I guess I'll pass away before the full amount ever gets repaid and that is not my intent. I'm an army brat and I believe in paying your debts. Please if you can help any little bit will be greatly appreciated. Dori

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