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Penny Navis-Schmidt and Holly Crump listen intently to a presentation at the Women’s Wellness Forum Saturday, which drew 240 women to talk about everything from auto repair to yoga.

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Women share sorrow, inspiration and tips for a healthy lifestyle

She knows now it sounds crazy, but Susie Wicks-Cooley is quite clear on why she stayed so long with the man who frequently beat and abused her. “I always figured he would not kill me — because he enjoyed it too much. But I figured if I left him, the next one surely would kill me,” she told a group of women who each seemed to have their own story to tell at one of the breakout sessions of the Women’s Wellness Forum, which drew 240 women to Payson High School on Saturday.

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