We all encounter difficulties in our life, some grave, some less so. What usually matters most is the courage and determination with which we face those difficulties, and the importance of remembering that it is never too late to turn things around.

Ginny Burton knows a thing or two about that, believe you me. Her incredible story of hardship and eventual triumph was recently published by Local12 News, and boy does it make for good reading.

As per Local12’s Eric Johnson, he first came upon Ginny several years ago, while researching the epidemic of homelessness that had gripped Seattle, and so many other places across the United States.

“I walked into a men’s shelter called Lazarus Day Center, run by Catholic Community Services,” Eric wrote. “I don’t know what I was looking for. I just wanted to talk to somebody and learn.

“I introduced myself to a woman who was working there. She had long hair and seemed tired. She was being pulled in about five different directions and seemed a little suspicious, but she stepped outside and talked to me for a few minutes.”

That woman turned out to be Ginny Burton. As per Local12, Eric once again met Ginny two years later, after calling Lazarus to see if she still worked there.

“When she called I said, ‘I don’t know why, but I think I need to talk to you again…’” Eric wrote.

It was then that she explained her life story, which included being born to a mother who was a drug addict and dealer who suffered from mental illness. Her father, meanwhile, was sent to prison when she was just four after committing a series of armed robberies.

As a result of her troubled childhood, Ginny was smoking marijuana by age six. Her mother then introduced her to meth at 12, and by 14 she was smoking crack.

After reportedly being raped at 16, she then attempted suicide for the first time at 17. Two children and an abusive marriage later, Ginny became addicted to heroin when she was 23.

Ginny told Local12: “I am that person. I have 17 felony convictions. I am the person you used to clutch your bag when I walked by you. I am the person that would randomly attack somebody in public. I was not a savory person. Everybody was a victim, and everybody was prey.”

As for her life on the street, which consisted of her and a male accomplice robbing Mexican drug dealers at gun point, she continued:


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