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Woman Uses Hateful Note To Change Her Life

January 10, 2014, 4:59 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Woman Uses Hateful Note To Change Her Life
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Going to the store is a pretty common thing, and most people don't give it second thought. But for one KELOLAND woman, a trip the store has given her a new mission in life.

Danielle Rezac stopped at Ace Hardware Monday to pick up a few things with her boyfriend. When she got back to her car, she found a note from strangers that changed her life.

Monday was a bitterly cold day, so Rezac decided to park as close to Ace Hardware as possible. When she noticed two young men getting into their truck next to an open space, she decided to take the opening.

"When I pulled in, I kind of waited for them to leave and they didn't. So I ended up having to squeeze out of my car.  He was right there, watching me squeeze out my door, and squeeze around and get between our vehicles. That's the only way I can think of that somebody would associate my car with me," Rezac said. 

When she got back to the car, the truck was gone and a brown bag was stuck to her windshield.

"My boyfriend got out to get it and very reluctantly handed it to me. But he knew that I would know it was something bad if he hadn't handed it to me. And I read it. Initially just crumpled it up in my hand. Ordinarily that kind of thing, I've been obese my whole life. Not the first time," Rezac said. 

Instead of letting the harsh words on the bag get her down, Rezac decided to use them to her advantage.

"You know, I just had it crumpled in my hand and instead of getting sad, I got angry and decided that's enough. I'm never going to let somebody do that to me again. I'm going to take control of this and I'm going to do something about it," Rezac said.

Rezac joined the Sanford Profile Fitness program the next morning.

"It had nothing to do with them shaming me into doing something about it; it was just the fire that I needed," Rezac said. 

After sharing the note on social media, something unexpected happened. Her post started to spread throughout Facebook and was soon posted on CNN's webpage, the iReport. 

Rezac hopes by sharing her story, others will realize the power of their words.

"Just think about what you say and the impact that's going to have. You might walk away and forget about it, but those words stay with a person for a lifetime. I'm just lucky enough that I'm in a place in my life that I could use it to my advantage. And a lot of people aren't. Most people aren't," Rezac said.

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