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A heartbreaking yet empowering part-memoir part inspirational work, Still Standing: How I Overcame Guilt, Shame, Hopelessness, Devastating Loss & Paralyzing Fear by Valerie Silveira follows Silveira’s life through the brokenness she sustained in childhood, her determination to create a life for herself, her challenging, tragic experiences as a mother, and her journey of healing and moving forward. With her father absent throughout her childhood years, Silveira longed for a home with two perfect parents. At twenty, she got married but the marriage would not last. For years, she brought up her two children as a single parent before remarrying. In her second marriage, life seemed to move on steadily until, at fifteen, her daughter lost her way and began a downward spiral that would end tragically.
In Still Standing, Valerie Silveira opens up about her intimate thoughts from her childhood years to her experiences as a mother. Seeing her daughter go down the wrong path, Silveira was plagued by feelings of guilt, wondering what she had done wrong. Between praying, hoping and trying to protect her daughter while balancing this with her role as a wife and mother to her other child, Silveira constantly felt overwhelmed. Still Standing carefully lays out nine realistic action plans that she learned along the way. The actions are accessible and practical. They explore crucial topics such as gratitude, self-care, relationships, attitude and many other steps that instill hope and help in the rebuilding of life. Moving and inspiring, Still Standing is an actionable work that shows readers how to pursue a quality life even after experiencing a devastating loss.