With things looking pretty hopeless for the victims of Superstorm Sandy, Neil Cavuto asked Fox Business Network’s Melissa Francis to join him on Your World to provide those suffering with a little hope. So, what does Francis know about pain and suffering? Quite a bit, it turns out.

In her new memoir Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter, Francis details the abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother.

Since the release of her book, Francis tells Cavuto that many people have approached her detailing similar hardships. “As people have read the book, they’ve come to me and said,

‘You know, I feel so close to you now because I went through something similar,’ and they start to tell me their story and it’s not similar, but what is similar about it is that it was a great hurdle of some type – a trauma, a tragedy, a death in the family.”

“The message that comes out of it is that this is a richness of experience to grow upon. No matter how bad you feel right now, you know what not to do in the future, you know how to pick yourself and move forward,” she said.

Francis became emotional in describing the lows in her life, saying, “I have had those moments in my life where you hit real rock bottom, where you scrap the bottom of the barrel and you just say to yourself you don’t know how … you are going to pick yourself up. But you can.”