As an inspirational author, I’m a strong believer that a good story can not only teach an important principle but can make us feel it. When I first met Margi, she told me she had a story – one which contained unthinkable abuse as a child.
For the next hour I listened as Margi spoke honestly about where she had been and who she was becoming as a result of that childhood abuse and trauma. She introduced me to the term DID, or Dissociative Identity Disorder—what used to be called Multiple Personality Disorder. Margi is a multiple.
Why would I be interested in writing about such a dark subject? If that’s all there was to it, I wouldn’t. But what I heard during that hour-long conversation was a woman who was the very definition of hope. That got my attention.
Margi embodied gifts of courage, faith, and gratitude. She seemed to have this amazing ability to endure to the end of something that is beyond our imagination. That hour spent with her was both incredibly inspiring and heartbreaking.
Over the next two years, I felt a strong prompting and push to learn this story as I spent hundreds of hours with Margi as well as with her family members, friends, and therapists. I understood that Margi’s beautiful parts were also there to tell the story. They deserve to be heard.
Margi told me that it is her goal to touch just one soul. What quiet humility. I believe there are thousands who will be changed forever by her words.
Something Margi and I share is the desire to make a difference. Together we hope her story will educate and inspire those who are familiar with trauma, as well as those who simply want to learn and grow from this story.
In all my books, I am passionate about hope. Hope is not only for the strong and the mighty and the powerful – that’s not what hope is about. It’s there for the desperate and despondent. Even if there’s just one glimmer of hope, then you’ve got it.
Margi’s story is her inspiring ability to cling to her faith and find that glimmer of hope. Knowing her story, I have been edified, enlightened, and changed – for the better. So, will you.