This summer she added a new last name when she married McKinney City Councilman Ray Ricchi. This union of two parents, six children, two grandchildren and three dogs should be enough, but as it turns out the timing coincides with another big event in Stephanie’s life. On Sept. 28, Stephanie launches her new book, “If Only I Could Sleep: A Survivor’s Memoir.” It hits bookstores on Oct. 1.
“Sleep…” is a project started more than 20 years ago when Stephanie was at perhaps the lowest point in her life.
“When I was 25, I started a book,” she said. “I went into treatment for the 28-day program for drugs, alcohol and eating illness and I stayed for eight weeks.”
“I’m just one story of a very typical situation in our world.”
Her new found passion combined with the life-altering events in her own life inspired Stephanie to return to her early writing and complete the book.
“This is my personal memoir about abuse and empowerment and survival,” she said.
Today Stephanie raises awareness as she leads an activism and philanthropy group called Activism for Empowerment. To visit her website click here.
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