Michelle Knight, one of three women kidnapped and held captive for more than a decade inside a Seymour Avenue home in Cleveland, has since gotten married and is finding joy after her traumatic past.
“I have found joy in my life,” Knight told Megyn Kelly on her show, Megyn Kelly Today.’
But for Knight, who now goes by the name, Lily Rose Lee, the road to happiness hasn’t been easy.
Five years after being freed from captivity, and abuse by Ariel Castro, Lee, Gina DeJesus, and Amanda Berry have each forged their own path to find joy. Lee spent a year in and out of hospital dealing with complications from her brutal captivity. She was even taken to hospice care.
“They told me I only had two days to live. I was dying of a bacteria infection. I just wanted to let go,” she said.
But it was her son, who was 2-years-old at the time of her kidnapping, who sustained her will to live, even while contemplating suicide.
“I didn’t want my son to think that I took the easy way out,” Lee told Kelly.
Lee found healing in writing down her feelings in journals. Her first memoir in 2015, “Finding Me,” was a New York Times best-seller. Her second book, “Life After Darkness,” details her journey to happiness and love.
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