Char Chen once suffered from overwhelming thoughts of suicide. Sadly, she has also attempted to take her own life more than once. Even while battling against mental illness, though, Chen has found a path forward – and she’s since shared her incredible story of survival.
Chen was born in southern China, and her life began inauspiciously. She was often ill, in fact, and as a result her parents decided that she should live with her grandparents instead. The area in which Chen was brought up, though, was rural and poor, and when the young girl caught diphtheria she almost died due to not having the proper medication.