HEIDE VOGLIS, She uses her past hurts and struggles as a platform to help those who need support and encouragement

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Heide Voglis did not have an easy childhood. Bullying was a nightmare always present all along her school life. She survived all that and, today, she uses all the hurts and struggles as a platform to help those who need support and encouragement.

”As you read my story don’t feel sorry for me but realize this is one of triumph! I grew up being bullied every day! I was teased, spat on, had spit balls sit at me, not picked for teams in gym [being put on the only team that needed a player], sitting alone at lunch, my name was made fun of and I even had teachers laughing, not standing up for me.

I felt scared to go to school, terrified to ride the bus, hated going to school. I felt alone and truly was. I had no friends and the ones I thought were my friends were two faced. In 7th grade I was at a friend’s house in her basement and physically beaten up, held down and there was a boy watching and swinging a knife around, laughing and the girl with rings repeatedly punched me in my face over and over.

I had to walk home after being beat up in the dark for 2 miles. I had a very lonely childhood. I remember swinging on my swing singing to myself all the time. That was a big enjoyment of mine.

Then on January 4th, 1985 after five years of watching her suffer my mother died of cancer when I was 13. It was a very scary and depressing childhood. I was very neglected and alone. These struggles followed me into my adult life and experienced many forms of abuse in my marriage. As I reflect back on those times I have feelings I can’t describe. With a relationship with God, many years of counseling and friendships I’ve developed I made it through.

I recently worked for 11 years as a house parent at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA. I lived with 12 sixth grade girls, my ex husband and two children. We were like 2nd parents to them. Milton Hershey School is a residential school for students who come from broken homes and broken dreams. There are some memories that pop up from time to time especially when I see others go through the same struggles as I did.

They are strong and spectacular girls. I helped them live successful and meaningful lives on a daily basis. This experience in life has taught me to love others unconditionally, judge less and accept others for the way they are. I am also a gifted singer and I sing for causes including but not limited to, cancer relays, fashion shows, domestic violence, sexual assault, and have done some local competitions, national anthem for sporting events and weddings.

Singing is my soul, passion and heart.”

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