Dover’s Letisha Galloway is living proof that sheer determination and faith in God can help overcome just about any obstacles life throws at you.
Things did not start out well for the 32-year-old Dover resident: born without bones in her lower legs, both limbs were amputated soon after birth. Her parents divorced and her mother fell into the abyss of drug addiction. Her father, an Army soldier, often was away for months at a time.
Although raised by a well-meaning grandmother, Galloway became pregnant at 18; she soon had to endure two murder trials after the baby’s father was accused of killing the child. A subsequent marriage to another man ended in divorce.
To others, Galloway was just another young woman caught up in a cycle of abuse brought on by her own behavior and encouraged by others.
And then she found God.
Galloway’s new book, “Victim to Victor: A Story of Love, Failure and Faith,” tells how a woman, who seemed to have so little going for her has taken her faith and channeled her energies into helping others. Once a recipient of social welfare, Galloway, has earned two master’s degrees, and now helps others as a senior social worker for the state of Delaware.
Q How have you made a success out of your life?
A It was a variety of things, but the most was to just keep going. Once you stop, it’s hard to keep pushing forward. You need to keep the momentum because if you stop, it’s easy to fall into self pity.
Q Why did you write this book?
A I wanted people to know that no matter what happens in your life, you can pick up the pieces and make something out of yourself. You have no excuse to live in mediocrity. I believe each person has greatness inside.
Q What do you want people to take away after reading the book?
A That life is going to happen; there will be tragedy and sadness, but you have to put away the victim mentality and push toward victory.
Q How can some of your experiences help others who might be in the same situation?
A When I first came to Dover, I was on services. I found out how frustrating the process can be. I now am able to see it from both sides. Sometimes my clients tell me I don’t understand what they’re going through, but I can tell them I do, that I’ve been there.
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