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I grew up in a loving home in the Midwest suburbs, and my life was essentially absent from heartache until I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata at 21 years old. That was a defining moment in my life, and I’m so grateful to say it refined me into a woman of strength and depth. With a burning desire for my pain and healing to have a greater purpose, I threw myself into volunteer opportunities at my local college ministry and ended up working for the church that ran it the following year. I spent close to five years on staff, and my favorite responsibility was working with the adoptive and foster families involved in our Every Child Initiative. It was during this time that I met and married my husband, Stephen, who happened to be my coworker. I also shared an office with my current coworker, Julie Graham, and it’s through her that I was introduced to The Grit and Grace Project. As a Communication major and Journalism minor, I was instantly drawn to the opportunity to use my formal education while also fostering my love of writing, editing, and encouraging other women. I now live in the balance of Editor, wife, mom, and all of the other titles us woman carry. Though it can be challenging to juggle, I count myself lucky to be surrounded by love, strength, and purpose.

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