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Susan says she had an aha! moment while reading Maria's book. "My daughter suffered a massive stroke, my 21-year-old daughter, four years ago. And I've been stuck since that period. Stuck in the medical maze and stuck in the aftermath of a stroke," she says.

In her book, Maria says that tough experiences can often give you an opportunity to mature. After reading that passage, Susan says she decided it's time to let herself move on. "I pledged to end my grieving over what I lost and to celebrate what I do have," she says. "[My daughter's illness] is something I can't change, so I'm going to celebrate myself and my daughter's life."

"All of us will go through a time when we feel stuck, when we're afraid, when we feel lost. And I think that so many of us often feel like, 'Am I the only person that feels like this?'" Maria says. "The most important thing [to remember] is that we're not alone."
FROM: When Your Life Doesn't Fit with Maria Shriver
Published on January 01, 2006