Raised in a family poisoned by addiction, Paula Gray-Slough of Shallotte saw things by age 10 that some 20-year-olds hadn’t seen.
At 10 years old, her grandparents took her in. They raised her to go to church, but in her mind the damage was done, Gray-Slough said recently, and she veered off into a life with no direction.
“I felt like I didn’t have a purpose,” she said. “I felt insignificant.”
Her first marriage ended in a painful divorce, resulting in depression and suicidal thoughts.