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Although I was born into poverty, Id worked hard my entire life. As a child, I worked long, hard hours on the farm. As a youth, I left home in search of a better life for myself and my two sons, landing work that I was ashamed of to this day. After I came to America, I continued working hard to provide for my families in the United States and Southeast Asia and to bring my sons to America, where I thought they would have a better life. My success in America stemmed in large part from my ability to care for people with severe developmental disabilities. With this talent, I built a company that eventually employed sixty-five people and provided care for dozens of individuals. Throughout it all, I believed in family. In fact, I believed in the concept of family so strongly that, looking back, I see that it often skewed the reality of my situation. In 2014, after illness and a series of challenges put my career as a health-care provider on hold, I found myself in extremely unfamiliar territoryI was forced to take a hard look at my life and reexamine my beliefs and values. And what Ive come to realize, in part, is that my fortune that I discovered in America has also been the root of my problems.
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About the Author
After being born and raised in poverty in Southeast Asia, Lily left home to seek a better life. On her journey, she experienced the pitfalls of life as a young girl all alone in a big city, bore two sons, was homeless for a time, married twice, and eventually moved to America, where she started and built a successful company that cared for people with disabilities. After illness and a series of challenges put her career on hold, she became an author by recording the painful reexamination of her beliefs and values. Today she is using her talent for providing care for people with disabilities by embarking on a second career in the field.