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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  2. David Kirkwood

    Greetings Raquel,
    I’m impressed. Congratulations in turning a huge negative, into many beneficial & rewarding positives.
    Yesterday morning, while watching world news on SBS, I saw your interview & or conversation with a lady in Brazil?
    I was so impressed or interested in the topic, that it bought sadness & frustration to my emotions, because I felt abandoned, approximately 24 years ago, when my wife wanted a divorce.
    After watching your short, although Succinct video, I have a number of ideas, or suggestions.
    Are you familiar with:
    The GROW organisation?
    Wesley LifeForce & Suicide Prevention Networks?

    I would value & appreciate keeping in touch & maybe you being a guest at anyone of the meetings I attend & committee I am on. To start with, ZOOM would be very practical, then maybe personally, as a guest speaker.

    Thank you for your time & continue to EnJOY Everyday Life, Raquel.

    David K.
    PS. Have you read many of Joyce Meyer’s books, or watched her teachings?

    I trust any relatives or friends in Brazil are ‘Maintaining their physical distance’ & taking C🦠 VID-19, Real Serious.

    1. Raquel Peel

      Hi David,
      Thank you for your comment!
      I will get in touch with you via the email you have listed regarding attending a meeting so we can continue this conversation.
      Raquel Peel

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