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Real women: Inspirational stories of women who embraced life

Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

Real women overcome odds

Oftentimes, we let little things get to us. Even something as simple as bad rush-hour traffic or a missed appointment can ruin our day. It's these times that we need to hear inspirational tales that help us learn to appreciate life. These two stories are about real women who overcame real obstacles to embrace everything life has to offer.

Overcoming challenges

Speaking of determination, that word aptly describes Cindy's greatest strength. Seven years ago, Cindy was a housewife who was raising five-year-old twin boys. However, one fateful day, her life was turned upside down. Ron, Cindy's husband, was in a boating accident that sent him to death's doorstep. Though he survived, Ron was left without use of his legs. "That whole day seemed like it was in slow motion," explains Cindy. "From the time Ron was on life support to the time they told us he was paralyzed from the chest down, it felt like an eternity. And then from there, breaking the bad news to Ron when he awoke was almost unbearable." After months of rehabilitation, Ron was able to return home. But with four mouths to feed and Ron unable to work, Cindy realized what she needed to do. "I graduated high school but I didn't like the idea of college," says Cindy. "Though at that point, life gave me no choice." Cindy enrolled at a local community college and found out that she had a passion for numbers. Two years later, she transferred to a university and decided to major in accounting. "Raising twins, helping Ron and going to school was challenging," she says, "but comparatively speaking, I had it easy." Cindy now works as an accountant at a large corporation and is fully able to support her family. "I'm proud of myself but I don't think I did anything spectacular," says Cindy. "I just played the cards life dealt me."

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