“How She Fought” tells the personal testimony of Melissa Bryant’s triumph over adversity. (Special photo)
Albany resident Melissa Bryant knows what it means to triumph over adversity.
In fact, it’s what the author writes about in her latest book, the second in a four-part series that features her personal testimony of persevering through a multitude of obstacles thrown her way.
“How She Fought,” Bryant’s story about inspiration, is now available on amazon.com and national bookstores Books-A-Million and Barnes and Noble.
“I just cried when I finished writing this,” Bryant recalled. “It’s been a struggle, and to come out of it at the other side and realize that I made it … it was just a moment of realizing ‘Wow, this really happened.’ ”
Bryant knows that life is full of surprises, and that lives can be changed in an instant, unexpected and without warning. In the span of a few short years, she went from having it all to losing everything, including her job, husband, life savings and everything she had worked so hard for.
“This was the first time in my life that I had truly faced struggle,” the mother of five noted. “There were days when I went without food so my children could eat.
“Still, I know that everything I went through has made me a better, stronger person — and I’m grateful for that. It’s amazing to be able to come out on the other side and know that you survived.”
Bryant credits her success to her faith in God, prayer, and daily Bible reading. She now seeks to help others who are experiencing the same struggles. Through her books, Bryant seeks to relate the message that everyone should enjoy life to the fullest every day and never give up.
“We all have have different challenges we have to face. At least in some ways, I can relate to you because of my own challenges I have had to overcome. Our life is always telling a story and it’s about us,” Bryant said.
“I wasn’t always strong — but I had support to be able to deal with my problems. There are so many people out there who don’t have that foundation, and I just want them to know that if can happen for me, it can happen for them as well.”
However, Bryant said that nothing in life comes without a little effort and initiative.
“It’s hard, and you have to be determined,” she said. “At the end of the day, you have to want to change — if you keep living in the past, you won’t move forward.
“When I thought about writing this book, I was scared. My past hindered me, and I know that there are those who won’t understand,” Bryant noted.
“People look at me sometimes and say, ‘You ain’t had no rough life — you just don’t look like it, so what do you know?’ When that happens, I just keep my head up, and let go of my past. Bad stuff did happen to me; but I dealt with it and now I can talk about it in the hopes of helping others.”
Bryant has already received much positive response from her writings.
“It means so much to me when I get a message from someone who says that my book helped them change their life,” Bryant said. “That means more to me than any monetary gain ever could.
“To help others and be that inspiration — that’s the real reward. I want to be that person that others look at and say, ‘If she can do it, then I can too.’ ”
Bryant is the author of 39 additional books, which span a variety of topics, including parenting help, cooking, children’s education, teenage fiction, and eating healthily.
Next month, she be featured in the PGN International Top 100 Magazine and recently received a certificate of inclusion from International Top 100 magazine for outstanding career achievement and exemplary leadership.
Though Bryant has clearly experienced the utter despair that life hands us sometimes, she now envisions a future bright and full of possibilities.
“I did not realize how fulfilling writing could be. Not only has it been personally rewarding, it has allowed me to share with others my faith, and my experiences in life.
‘How She Fought’ is about a journey that I thought I would never experience. My life’s story is focused on perseverance and not quitting. Because of the pain and disappoint. I really had to use my faith to make it along my journey.”
Somehow, life itself always provides a story, and despite the hardships, Bryant wouldn’t change a bit of hers.
“There were days when I thought I wasn’t going to make it, but I did – God brought me through it, and that deliverance and healing is in my testimony.
“That’s the real story.”