I grew up in a family suffering from the effects of alcoholism, obesity, mental illness, sexual abuse and severe poverty. Statistics tell me that I should be in jail, addicted to illegal substances, or a welfare mom with a brood of children collecting money from the government. Instead, I have educated myself using library books and the Internet. I have maintained loving relationships, healthy habits, and an excellent credit rating. I know what works in personal transformation and I have a strong need to share my experience and education to help others make better lives for themselves.