Episode 23: Donna J. Hopkins Talks About Getting to the Other Side of Victory

“It’s OK to cry about your circumstances, the devastation, destruction, and adversity sometimes. The important thing is to know that you are stronger than any pain that you must go through; tap into that hidden strength and find what lies at the bottom of your heart and beats life back into you.” Donna J. Hopkins

Donna J. Hopkins knows what it’s like to have life knock you down. An athlete, Donna won college scholarships in both basketball and track. She majored in radio and television communication and after graduation moved to Washington, D.C. She battled breast cancer twice, but it was routine surgery that would lead to a serious infection and cause her to lose her left leg below the knee. But Donna is a fighter and a survivor and she’s come back stronger than ever. She tells her story in her new book Getting to the Other Side of Victory. Woman Around Town’s Editor  Charlene Giannetti talks with Donna about her journey, her book, and inspiring others. 

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About Charlene Giannetti (881 Articles)
Charlene Giannetti, editor of Woman Around Town, is the recipient of seven awards from the New York Press Club for articles that have appeared on the website. A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Charlene began her career working for a newspaper in Pennsylvania, then wrote for several publications in Washington covering environment and energy policy. In New York, she was an editor at Business Week magazine and her articles have appeared in many newspapers and magazines including the New York Times. She is the author of 13 non-fiction books, eight for parents of young adolescents written with Margaret Sagarese, including "The Roller-Coaster Years," "Cliques," and "Boy Crazy." She and Margaret have been keynote speakers at many events and have appeared on the Today Show, CBS Morning, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and many others. Her new book, "The Plantations of Virginia," written with Jai Williams, was published by Globe Pequot Press in February, 2017. Her podcast, WAT-CAST, interviewing men and women making news, is available on iTunes. She is one of the producers for the film "19 Daniel Highway," focusing on the opioid crisis that will be filmed in October, 2018, in New Jersey. Charlene divides her time between homes in Manhattan and Alexandria, Virginia.