She Had a College Degree and a Career – Then Everything Went Wrong

When her child was taken away, Sherry learned first-hand what it is like to find yourself in a dark and hopeless place.

Denalee Chapman May 11, 2016

Sherry was well educated with two college degrees. As a social worker, Sherry thought she knew pretty much everything about the pain, suffering, and difficulties of others. But later, life experience taught her that she really didn’t know much at all. When her life began to self-destruct, Sherry, herself, began to understand fear, shame, and hopelessness. Her child was taken from her, and her life was in a downward spiral. Through the consistent support of a good caseworker, Sherry started to lift out of her scary place. “In the end, it isn’t important how many books you’ve read. It’s the condition of your heart that matters,” she tells us. Now Sherry leads groups filled with individuals who are in the shoes she has been in. Because she truly understands, Sherry is helping many to climb out of their own pits.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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