I believe that if you're looking for strong people you should look for the people who see the worst of it and love you anyway.
This kind of became a random rambling, but that happens with me.
Reading is one of my weapons. I can escape the pain, let the story take me to another place. I've used books for that all of my life.
I have much to be thankful for. Sometimes I just have to look harder to see past the hard stuff.