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In the midst of feeling like crap about this cycle failing, I got a jolt of perspective. There's a woman who had been a part of my church before I joined, while she was a professor at the nearby college. She had become Christian in America, and when she returned to her home in China, she shared her faith with the people that she encountered. Because of this, she has been jailed and beaten multiple times. I first learned about her on Friday night, when the choir and orchestra were told that she had been jailed and beaten again and that she was pregnant. On Sunday morning, we learned that she had lost the baby due to the beating. As horrible as my experience has been, especially with losing Otter and how the surgery had gone, it's nothing compared to hers.