Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight have all been through “hell and back” but have taken the time to thank everyone who has supported them financially and emotionally in the time since their escape on May 6 of this year. These three brave women have come forward so soon after tragedy to express gratitude in an amazing display of selflessness.

Truly moving is the written speech by Michelle Knight.

Michelle Knight’s ‘thank you’ speech

Thank you everyone for your love support and donations which helped me build a brand new life. I just want everyone to know I’m doing just fine. I may have been through hell and back, but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face, with my head held high, and with my feet firmly on the ground, walking hand in hand with my best friend.

I will not let the situation define who I am. I will define the situation.

I don’t want to be consumed by hatred. With that being said, we need to take a leap of faith and know that God is in control. We have been hurt by people, but we need to rely on God as being the judge.

God has a plan for all of us. The plan that he gave me is to help others that have been in the same situations I have been in to know that there is someone out there to lean on and to talk to.

I am in control of my own destiny with the guidance of God. I have no problem expressing how I feel inside.

Be positive. Learn that it is more important to give than to receive.

Thank you for all your prayers, I’m looking forward to my brand new life. Thank you.



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