Cheryl Hunter says she was kidnapped, drugged, beaten, and raped at age 18, leaving her troubled and depressed for years. Then, the best-selling author and former model says she started volunteering, first with elderly Holocaust survivors, then with others who had also experienced traumatic life-events. Eventually, says Cheryl, she began attending - then leading - personal development seminars.

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“I realized it was a calling. As I was helping others, I was helping myself, but I still had never told my story,” she says.

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Watch the video above to find out what Cheryl says prompted her to tell her story for the very first time and how she says it set her free.

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Cheryl Hunter is a life coach, media expert, public speaker, and author of two best-selling books, “Use It: Turn Setbacks Into Success,” and “How To Get Unstuck: 7 Steps To Bounce Forward When Life Knocks You Down” are available wherever books are sold.

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