Helen: Battered Not Broken

EDEN VALLEY, MN - Helen Grothe would often pray for her husband to stop abusing her.

In 1984, her and her husband were in a tragic car accident that killed him and left her with a broken leg. Over thirty years later, Grothe channels the pain she physically and emotionally felt from her traumas to share her story with others through Toast Masters International, a worldwide organization that aims to help members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. Grothe has won numerous awards for speeches she has told about her experience. 

This story was published for the December 2017 Live It! magazine of the West Central Tribune.