In this inspiring memoir, a former female marine platoon leader recalls the wars she has fought - on the playing field and the battlefield and inside her own soul - revealing how overcoming the harrowing circumstances in her life helped her ultimately redefine what it means to be strong and what "perfect" really is.
Theresa Larson has lived multiple lives. At 10 she was a caregiver to her dying mother. As an adolescent, an All-Star high school, college, and professional softball player. As a young adult, a fitness competition winner, beauty pageant contestant, and model. And as a grown woman, a high-achieving lieutenant in the marines, in charge of an entire platoon while deployed in Iraq.
Meanwhile, Theresa was battling bulimia nervosa, an internal struggle that ultimately cut short her military service when she was voluntarily evacuated from combat. Theresa's journey to wellness required the bravery to ask for help, to take care of herself first, and to abandon the idea of "perfect". In Warrior, she lays bare all of these lives in intimate and vivid detail, examining extremely personal and sometimes painful moments and how, by finally accepting the help of others, she learned to make herself whole. From growing up in a log cabin outside Seattle to facing down the enemy in Iraq, Theresa's journey demonstrates that good health and happiness are daily, intentional acts that require persistence and commitment.
Theresa hopes that through sharing her story, she will inspire others to empower themselves, embrace their inner warriors, and redefine strength. Startling and funny, terrifying and triumphant, heartbreaking and inspirational, Warrior is at heart a story of perseverance and success - of a determined woman who is a model for all who are struggling to conquer their own demons. Theresa shows that asking for help can be an act of courage and that we are stronger than we think when faced with seemingly impossible odds.
©2016 Theresa Larson (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
While I'm a couple years older than Theresa, I can't say I've gone through half the struggles nor triumphed over half as many obstacles as she's encountered. She's a badass and strong in every way.
Whether you've have an eating disorder, are dealing an issue you don't think you can overcome, or know someone that's dealing with a seemingly insurmountable demon, this is a great story that anyone can pull a lot of good life lessons and inspiration from. It's a powerful book with a powerful message.
This has to be one of the most real, emotional and honest books I've read in a long time. An amazing story of personal struggle, public struggle and the road to victory. Everyone, no matter if you are struggling with an inner demon or not, will be able to get pulled into the graphic detailed story of this warrior. Amazing.
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