Saving Grace is the true story of Jennifer Banks, whose life is characterised by ups and downs that most people could not have endured. Born in the west of Ireland in 1965, the youngest of nine children, Jennifer has survived childhood verbal bullying, 17 years with a eating disorder, six years trapped in a violent marriage and, when ...
Saving Grace is the true story of Jennifer Banks, whose life is characterised by ups and downs that most people could not have endured. Born in the west of Ireland in 1965, the youngest of nine children, Jennifer has survived childhood verbal bullying, 17 years with a eating disorder, six years trapped in a violent marriage and, when her life looked to be getting back on track, she was then diagnosed with the debilitating illness Multiple Sclerosis. After a childhood bully tormented her for being overweight, Jennifer became bulimic and battled constantly with low self esteem. She ran away to London, hoping to escape the demons of her past, where she met and married Mehmet, a Turkish native living in London. Jennifer’s lack of self esteem was at an all time low to the point that she could not leave the man who was routinely harming her. Her life was full of twists and turns and extremes - she could be abused in the morning and stand in line at the Café Royal to greet Lady Diana in the evening. When they moved to Turkey after the wedding, Jennifer found herself trapped in a violent marriage in a foreign country; she couldn’t speak the language and had no friends or family to turn to. She finally escaped after a vicious beating which claimed the life of her unborn child and propelled her into action. Back in London, she rebuilt her life and even plucked up the courage to phone ‘Midnight Encounters’, a phone-in dating show on London radio. A month later a bag load of replies turned up at her door, but only one stood out. She and Steve are now happily married and have a daughter. Sadly there is no conventional happy ending for Jennifer, as she has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. However, after years of abuse, both by her own hands and by the hands of others, Jennifer has developed a positive and healthy look on life. With a combination of inner strength and the love of her family, she embraces every day. In her own words, “the show must and will go on!” Jennifer now works as a journalist for Mediability, regularly contributing articles to various publications on health, disability and eating disorders. Saving Grace is her first book. Saving Grace is the touching account of Jennifer’s life, told in her own words, and is a story of torment, violence, love, hate, loss, courage and hope. Her story will encourage and inspire everyone who reads it.
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