POLK COUNTY, Fla. — We all have a calling in life. Sometimes we find it, other times it find us.
Carolyn Hennecy is a world-renowned author and public speaker. She turned tragedy into triumph by transforming what many would consider a mess into a powerful message.
“Every nine minutes, three women are battered, beaten or killed as a direct relationship to domestic violence,” said Hennecy.
She knows the statistics very well. More than 30 year ago Carolyn became a victim.
“If you have children and you're in an abusive relationship you're not the only victim," said Hennecy. "I looked up and saw my two children standing in the doorway with fear in their eyes, and that's when I finally realized it could end up in my death or theirs.”
She is one of the lucky ones and got out alive.
Carolyn is now on a mission now to help others. She's authored two books detailing her transformation from victim to survivor to advocate.
“It damages your soul, your spirit, your heart your mind. that's a lot to get over." said Hennecy. "A lot of times the PTSD will not come on for years and mine was decades but it could very easily be there. that's why I say talk to someone. What is keeping you from becoming whole.”
Carolyn is happily re-married and determined to help others break the cycle of abuse.
“Don't lose hope. Don't lose hope. There's always hope," said Hennecy. "And as long as you have hope, you have a reason to keep trying. You have a reason. You were created for a purpose. You were created for a reason. Find that purpose find that passion because you are that good.”