While it seems like a lifetime ago that I was at Maryhurst (1967 – 1968), I still remember my time there well. Although every girl’s story was unique, all of our lives were in a rough spot. The structure at Maryhurst was not always fun, but it did provide consistency. What I remember most, though, was learning that no matter what was going on in my life, I didn’t have to endure the hardships alone. That was a powerful message that is still significant for me today. Life brings ups and downs regardless of our age, but whatever comes my way, my life has stability, and I have an inner strength that helps me face challenges.
I think of Maryhurst as a place to heal, to understand, to grow and to forgive. Maryhurst is there to assist with self-identity, to guide and to show that unconditional love does exist. Maryhurst cannot eliminate the pain, the confusion or the loneliness, but it can provide the tools and foundation to begin the process of becoming whole.
Marilyn Edwards lives in New Albany, Indiana with her husband. She is the Grants Coordinator for a local government agency. She was Maryhurst’s Alumna of the Year in 2012.