"Suffering is not what fortifies the soul or clears our vision. What makes people stronger is working with others to overcome trauma."
In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Virgie Townsend explores her own adverse childhood experiences, the mental and physical effects that those situations had on her, and disputes the popular line, "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger".
Elaborating on the long term effects of adverse childhood experiences, she writes that more community and professional involvement can help adults to recover from ACEs, and prevent future instances, but that we can't expect victims to stumble upon redemption themselves. Healing from ACEs require skills that must be built, they won't always come naturally.
Read more at this link about ACEs, ways to heal, and ways that communities and families can prevent them.