Inspiration to rise above

Jody Cowdin grew up in Forest Lake. She graduated FLHS in 1975. She went off to college and met a man. They dated for a year and a half and were married after her sophomore year. Two weeks after the wedding, the abuse began.
“I experienced the shock, confusion, terror, shame, anger and full range of emotions that victims often hide inside,” Cowdin said. “I managed to pour myself into my education and I finished my bachelor’s degree and began a teaching career. To be honest, I didn’t even know it was called abuse for the first eight years of our marriage until a therapist we were seeing used that word.”;
The therapist threatened to call the police and file a report if Cowdin’s husband ever hurt her again. That provided a small amount of relief for Cowdin.
“The injuries from physical abuse may heal, but the emotional abuse goes deeper and is

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