As a young child MP Ballester experienced the divorce of her parents, as well as, years of abuse and finally abandonment by her father. Her resiliency and love of reading kept her moving forward although her time with her father left her weary. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut where she was honored to receive the Who’s Who Among College and University Students in America Award. Ironically, during her years in school she was also employed as a child care worker where she met many children whose suffering was similar to her own.
Shortly after graduation she married a man who professed to love her and support her choice to stay home and start a family. However, within the first five years of marriage she experienced the birth of her two children, and her own divorce from her abusive relationship with her husband, as well as, the loss of their family home. She spent fifteen years raising her two children in her childhood home with the help of her mother. The continued abuse by her then ex-husband exhausted the strength and resiliency she carried with her from her childhood. Unable to cope, she fell to despair and lost both of her children to her ex-husband.
Ultimately she arose again to regain her strength and her children. She acquired the wisdom to look back on her life and forgive the person who hurt her the most, her father. She let go of her past and freed herself from fear and regret. Today she lives every moment of each day to its fullest.