As God continues to shower me with blessings, one of those blessings is my new friend, Fran.
In addition to radiating goodness in everything she does, Fran is a strong, take-charge woman who rises to every challenge, both large and small.
But she wasn't always like that. Seeing the strong, gutsy woman that she is, it's hard to believe she spent 20 years of her life mired in fear and despair.
She has agreed to let me tell her story so that women can believe they can change their lives, no matter how bleak the circumstances.