Friday, April 19, 2013

Q is for ...

Originally, I had some villainous queens scheduled for today's post. Villains like the Queen from Snow White, and the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. And then I stumbled onto a different kind of queen ... Queena, to be exact, and although she's not a villain, she's the victim of a horrible villainy, and I wanted to share her story and website with you today.


That's Queena's pretty face above.

Five years ago, at age eighteen--almost a high school graduate with a bright future and college on the horizon--she was returning books to the public library one night, when she was attacked. Brutally raped and beaten within inches of her life. She survived. But her life would be forever altered. There was so much brain damage, she has not been able to speak, or walk, or control certain muscles. Even eating has been a challenge. And her main communication comes from eye and facial gestures. That's just physical damage. Imagine the emotional and metal turmoil she has had to deal with as well.

Fortunately, her attacker was captured and sentenced to sixty-five years in prison. He's the villain, and whatever his sympathetic credibility is doesn't really matter.

Queena's mom cares for her full time and partly in thanks to their community (which isn't too far from where I live) their home has been enhanced to allow for Queena's wheelchair access. But as you can gather, medical costs are high, and they face many challenges. It's only been very recently that Queena and her family have gone public about her horrific story.

But the important thing is Queena is making strides. She's even able to stand on her own now. And she doesn't want to be known as that rape victim. She's a person with hopes and dreams like all of us, and wow I have to say she's my new hero.

I wanted to share Queena's story with you and introduce you to her website and Facebook page, so you too can show your support. Even if it's just a note of encouragement on her website, it will make a huge impact on her. (There's a link for that right here. )

What if she was flooded with words of support from this amazing blogging community?? If you could take a few minutes on this busy A-Z day to stop by and show Queena some love, you'll forever be a superstar!

Here's her website: http://www.joinqueena.com/

And click here to LIKE her Facebook page.

And of course, your prayers for her would be most welcome.

Also today in honor of the quintessential letter, Q, my friend Mary Waibel is releasing her debut:


Isn't it a fabulous cover? And it's also a great story that I've been fortunate enough to have read. Click on the picture to learn more about the story and get to Mary's blog. Also she's hosting a giveaway that should be starting very soon. Click here to enter.

And then finally, because today marks the eleven year anniversary of the death of one of the best singers ever, and because this is also one of my top ten fave songs of all time, I'm sharing a video of rare Layne Staley footage. My shout out to his memory. Hope you enjoy: RIVER OF DECEIT


Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to visit Queena's website and Facebook page! And check out Mary's book!

25 comments:

Mary said...

What a touching story about Queena- thanks for sharing that.

And, thanks for sharing the news on my release!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

How horrible! What makes someone do something so vile to another human being?

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

This brought tears to my eyes, how can anyone be so inhuman?

Yvonne.

Michael Di Gesu said...

I am speechless. How heroic this young woman is...

I will certainly drop by and add blogger lover to her.

I featured Mary today... All the best to her on her debut book..

C. Lee McKenzie said...

Queena's story makes me ache from inside out. I'm glad you posted about her today, PK.

Johanna Garth said...

Great post. Thanks for bringing her to my attention!

Cathrina Constantine said...

I am shivering through and through for poor Queena. I will hold her in my heart and prayers. I don't understand why? Why do people hurt, kill, maul, rape? Now we have Boston, and now the looneys will come out of the woodwork...

Zoe said...

thanks for the post ....heading over there now.

T. Drecker said...

Wonderful post. On my way now.

Janeal Falor said...

Touching post that brought tears to my eyes. Great idea and use of the letter Q!

DiscConnected said...

Very sad story.

People who commit these acts seem to have no concept of the lifelong impact their few minutes of savagery and domination (I cannot imagine there is pleasure involved) has on their victim.

I think the victims should be given a baseball bat and a half hour alone with their attacker.

Susan Kane said...

What a brave young woman! I pray that she will continue to be a symbol of courage and tenacity!

Mark Means said...

That's terrible, though I don't think he should have been given 65 years...he should have been beaten just as she was...and -then- given 65 years in jail....

Julie Flanders said...

I agree with Mark about what should have happened to the perp. Thanks for letting us know about Queena.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Stories like that make my cheeks red it makes me so mad. So not fair.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Queena doesn't want to perceived as a victim her whole life. That's what I appreciate about so many *Queenas* I've met. They want to live and do and not be forever remembered for what happened to them. That's something I can respect and admire because it takes courage to move beyond that place. :-)

Yes,people's inhumanity to people hurts my heart.

Oh, I like the sound of Mary's book. Need to check it out!

mshatch said...

Thanks for the link to Queena - and a big congratulations to Mary :)

Shelly said...

I remember Queena's story. Congrats to Mary!

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Crystal Collier said...

What an excellent example of strength and dignity.

And Yay for Mary! I can't wait to read her book.

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J.L. Murphey said...

Queena sounds like a remarkable young lady. Recovery is still possible it will only take time and lots of money. TBI patients have a hard road to travel.PK check out my Sunday Stroke Survival for more inspiration into TBI recovery. Both this Sunday and next.

Maria Dunn said...

Wow what a hero for sure. Thank you for introducing us to this amazingly strong young woman who deserves encouragement from us all. God bless, Maria from Delight Directed Living

J.L. Campbell said...

Your post is all about encouragement and achievement despite great odds. Thanks for sharing. Off to the Fb page.

Heather M. Gardner said...

So cool of you to share this story with us! She is beautiful. I went to her FB page today (4-22) and it's her birthday!

Heather

William Kendall said...

What could bring someone to do that to another person?