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#9: Chris Schmaus - Overcoming a near death experience, parents divorce, depression, infertility and Iraq war!

December 17, 2022 Heather Kittelson Season 1 Episode 9
#9: Chris Schmaus - Overcoming a near death experience, parents divorce, depression, infertility and Iraq war!
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#9: Chris Schmaus - Overcoming a near death experience, parents divorce, depression, infertility and Iraq war!
Dec 17, 2022 Season 1 Episode 9
Heather Kittelson

Chris is a Sioux Falls SD native, married to his soulmate Cori, and a father of 4 beautiful kiddos.

Chris has been on a life long journey of hurt and pain but today he celebrates life and appreciates all of his adversities.

At age 7, Chris was hit by a drunk driver riding his bike in his neighborhood and almost died. On his 12th birthday,  Chris found out his mother and father were getting a divorce, which led him down a path of depression and suicide ideation. Bullied his entire school age years - he spent a lot of time fighting for his identity and his place in the world.

Got engaged to Cori in 2003 and immediately after their engagement - Chris left for a year long tour in Iraq and shortly after returning home they got married. Unable to have children - they adopted 3 sweet kiddos (2 brothers and their sister) from Ethiopia.  In 2016 they were blessed with a little girl of their own. 

Chris now lives his life serving others - volunteering at a local Behavioral Health Center telling his story to youth and adults.  He gives them hope through His story of overcoming life's challenges and struggles. Chris is a true beacon of light!

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Show Notes

Chris is a Sioux Falls SD native, married to his soulmate Cori, and a father of 4 beautiful kiddos.

Chris has been on a life long journey of hurt and pain but today he celebrates life and appreciates all of his adversities.

At age 7, Chris was hit by a drunk driver riding his bike in his neighborhood and almost died. On his 12th birthday,  Chris found out his mother and father were getting a divorce, which led him down a path of depression and suicide ideation. Bullied his entire school age years - he spent a lot of time fighting for his identity and his place in the world.

Got engaged to Cori in 2003 and immediately after their engagement - Chris left for a year long tour in Iraq and shortly after returning home they got married. Unable to have children - they adopted 3 sweet kiddos (2 brothers and their sister) from Ethiopia.  In 2016 they were blessed with a little girl of their own. 

Chris now lives his life serving others - volunteering at a local Behavioral Health Center telling his story to youth and adults.  He gives them hope through His story of overcoming life's challenges and struggles. Chris is a true beacon of light!

Please prayerfully consider supporting our podcast and ministry.
Click here: https://patreon.com/FortitudePodcast