karcel Profile

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Location: Phoenix, United States

Member Since: August 2011

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I am a 44 year old, who has lived in Arizona my whole life. I grew up in Rainbow Valley which is considered Buckeye Arizona. It was nothing but desert when we lived there. We were the poor white trash of the area. I was the oldest child in a family of six children. We were the ghetto "Brady Bunch". Threee girls and three boys. My father worked his whole life as an auto mechanic breaking his back to put a roof over our heads and food in our mouths. When he wasn't at work at the station he was helping a family member, neighbor, or friend with their cars. We didn't have all the other stuff like a lot of the kids in Rainbow. He taught me a lot about being responsible. He was always lecturing about how important school was though I thought at the time I wanted to get married and be a housewife so I didn't need school. Big mistake!

I married at the tender age of 19 and already had a daughter 5 months before we married. I eventually had 2 other daughters and 1 son with this boy and had been married for 15 years before I was able to get out of an abusive relationship. I worked in a pawn  shop and provided for my children by myself until I got into the security business. I eventually went back to school at the age of 41 and am still working on my degree in Hydrologic Studies.

I suffered the loss of my second to the youngest brother Guy in August 2000 to a hit and run driver. He was only 21 at the time. In June 2010 I lost my father to lung cancer . That was a year and a half long ugly, horrble battle that we could only watch and pray.

I believe that everything that has happened in my life has molded me into a stronger woman today.


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