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!