She is now 30, working as an assistant at the Kanawha County Public Library, and has her own rental home in Charleston that she shares with her cat. Misssion, pronounced mee-shawn and spelled with an extra "S," was rescued from a church parking lot.
Fox does not spend her time watching television. She reads. Sometimes she listens to audio books while walking, but mostly she enjoys holding a hard copy and delving into the story.
"I don't own a TV," she said. "I live in a bad reception area. I can get into a book and not want to put it down. I don't limit myself. Any book with a good plot keeps me interested. I like self-help and fiction."
Her other interests include baking, doing artwork, writing poetry, volunteering, participating in community theater, and working with youth struggling through some of the challenges she has faced.
She has overcome abuse inflicted by those who were supposed to look out for her. She has also come to terms with the times she injured herself. She talks openly about self-injury along with other demons she has successfully fought.
She has jumped countless hurdles to face challenges, reach out to others, and make the most of life. One of her reading groups is called "Hope Survives Through Reading."
She loves working at the library and has plans to return to school to pursue an associate degree in community behavioral health technology. She holds certificates from Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College in psychiatric rehabilitation and peer support.
There is still time to participate in West Virginia Reads 150. Go to the website www.kanawhalibrary.org or stop by any branch of the Kanawha County Public Library to pick up a registration form. For more information, call 304-343-4646.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.