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When asked who my sHERO was a lot of women came in mind but I chose to write about the person that I knew about the most, my grandmother who passed away about eight years ago. My grandmother Eligia was an orphan growing up and always longed for a family that she felt loved by. She missed out on an average childhood because her guardian which was also her aunt, would send her to houses to clean for money, which she kept. When my grandma was eighteen years old she had a crush on my grandpa who was a twenty-three at the time. After getting to know each other a little bit one day they decided to run away and get married in Denver. With nothing but the clothes on her back, my grandma ran away from her abusive household to marry my grandpa. She then went on to have children and many grandchildren. I was unaware of my grandmother's story until she told me when I was in sixth grade but if you asked me about it before then I would tell you that there was no way. My grandmother was always very loving and strong. She was the epitome of strength for me because she was able to withstand eighteen years of her life in abuse and come out stronger. Even to today, she may not be around but when life gets tough for me I just remember the example she set for me and I realize that it could be much harder. 

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