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Here's an example of another fine young adult coming through the ranks - who came from a tough back ground herself:
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Kelly Pickler Gets On The Bus
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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Kelly Pickler Gets On The Bus - The Terpenning family
Country Star Kellie Pickler Volunteers for "Get on the Bus" Campaign and Debuts New Song at the reveal. This is ceetainly a don't miss edition of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Kelly has come a long way since her days with American Idol.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and celebrity volunteer Kellie Pickler travel to Beavercreek, Ohio, to tell James Terpenning, a wheelchair sports champion and mentor to disabled Iraqi War veterans, that he and his family will have a newly rebuilt home in seven days. James, a computer specialist at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is known at work and in the community as an inspirational role model who always helps others but never asks for help himself.
Country music sensation Kellie Pickler will be the celebrity volunteer for this build and will perform her new song at the family's reveal. The design team for this episode will feature team leader Ty Pennington and designers Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders and Didiayer Snyder.
Crippled by polio during infancy and abandoned by his American G.I. father in Vietnam, James nevertheless considers himself one of the luckiest people in the world. He was supposed to be airlifted out of Vietnam on a military plane that crashed, killing all the children and aid workers aboard. Instead, he had safe passage, leading to a new life in America as an adopted son in an Ohio family. While growing up, James competed in wheelchair sports and later represented the U.S. at the Paralympics, where he earned both gold and silver medals. He continues to serve his country in civilian technical support for the Air Force and by helping disabled veterans. James also is a frequent speaker at schools, educating children and teens about living with special challenges. "
Mackenzie Phillips - Happy Birthday to you! From WIkipedia -
In September 2009, Phillips' memoir 'High on Arrival' was released. Phillips appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show for an hour-long interview. She told Winfrey that she first tried cocaine when she was 11 years old, and that her father did drugs with her and injected her with cocaine.
During the interview, Phillips read excerpts from her book. She said that at the age of 19, on the night before her first wedding, "I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father." Both reportedly were under the influence of drugs at the time. Phillips then told Winfrey, "It became a consensual relationship," describing her participation as "sort of Stockholm Syndrome, where you begin to love your captor."
Phillips said the incestuous relationship had happened gradually for ten years,and that she ended it when she became pregnant and did not know who had fathered the child. She stated that her father paid for her to have an abortion, "and I never let him touch me again."
I saw the Oprah show that day and I saw her and the other women tell their story. I do believe them and I'm glad they were finally able to tell their story and they have begun the healing process.