Raquel Peel’s Story

Retrieved from The Courier Mail

The fascinating life of Raquel Peel. Born prematurely and abandoned at birth in Brazil, she is now an inspirational TED speaker, psychologist and relationships researcher.

Also found on The Cairns Post

Raquel Peel is a psychology lecturer at USQ. Abandoned as a premature baby on hospital steps in Brazil and adopted by the nurse who helped save her life.

Also found on Sound Telegraph

Born prematurely and abandoned at birth in Brazil, Raquel Peel was drawn to Australia by the band Silverchair, and the rest of her journey is nothing short of inspiring.

When I think about my early life, I realised how rocky it all started. I was abandoned at birth, but I was lucky enough to be found by my mother who was the neonatal nurse on shift, the day I was born. I was later adopted by my mom and dad who is also a surgeon.

My parents gave me a beautiful life and they loved me, perfectly, but I was always insecure that someone would realise what my biological parents did and abandoned me.

A lot of people ask me the reason why I research inter-relationships. And that is because,  of my early life history, I had lots of difficult relationships growing up, mainly because I couldn't believe in love.

I didn't believe I was worthy of love it.

It wasn't until I met my husband that I began to believe that I could love and be loved.

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