I Am Resilient: Robin Terry


This is Robin and she is RESILIENT.

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Describe the situation where you had to be resilient:

At 15 years old, I found out I was pregnant.

Robin’s Story

I’m from a small town, and when the news of my pregnancy started to spread, I was looked down upon and talked about. Many people said I ruined my life and I would become nothing. My father, my hero and king, distanced himself from me. As a result, I thought I was never good.

As I grew older, I made unwise decisions that caused me more pain and disappointment. I battled suicidal thoughts and self-loathing. I tried hard to hold on to what little faith I had left. It was hard. I wanted to give up many times. Because I was in a hurt place, I tried finding what I needed to fill the void in my heart in tumultuous relationships.

One relationship in particular almost destroyed me. I was physically and emotionally abused in this relationship. It was also because of this relationship that I sought out The Lord. I used my faith to fuel my survival. It was God who helped me to see my self-worth. It was God who loved me through it all. It was because of my renewed faith in God that I was able to persevere and survive to tell you my story. I was able to graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree. Then, I went on to pharmacy school to obtain my Doctor of Pharmacy degree. I’ve also gone even further to obtain the Master of Business Administration degree.

I consistently told myself “Quitting is not an option!” I had to keep going. I knew that if I didn’t stop, then God would be sure to show Himself strong in my life. I would get up early and stay up late when I needed to study. I also encouraged myself after every failure. I knew that failing was only my opportunity to try again in a better way to reach my goals.

I worked two jobs at a time to make sure my daughter and I had a roof over our heads even though it was hard most days. I knew I wanted us to have a good life and to not suffer in poverty according to statistical data. My daughter was my motivation. I had to live for her. I had to push myself for her. I had to keep going for her. As time went on, I knew I had to do all of these things for ME as well.  

How did you practice resilience when faced with this challenge?

I practiced resilience by first believing in myself. I knew that my life would be only what I made it. I had to first believe that I could achieve anything I put my mind to even though others said I couldn’t.

Please share one piece of advice for people who are going through a similar challenge

Don’t give up on your dreams. Don’t stop believing in yourself. Press past the pain and failure to know that all things work together for your good.

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