What about Poor Val? Married at age 15 Driven off the ranch shortly after her husband ran off Had Lucy snatched from her arms by JR's goons and her life was threatened if she ever tried to see her again Found Lucy again, but too late to salvage a relationship with her Remarried the same man only for him to drink and cheat and black her eye. Then cheat again. Then cheat some more with a neighbour while Val babysat her kids Dealt with a tumour and faced the prospect of a colostomy Wrote a book that ended her marriage for good. And then found JR owned the publishing house Had a whole Postcards From The Edge relationship with her long-lost mother Thought she'd killed someone then covered for Gary when she thought he'd killed that same someone Had her mother committed on the day her first husband married his mistress Married her second husband only to get pregnant by her first Her twins were sold on the black market and Val told they'd died Entered a fugue state and started believing she was a character from her own book Met her long-lost half brother who turned out to be an abusive, sociopathic, God botherer Her second husband cheated on her with her friend and then tried to kill her other friend's husband before disappearing to South America First hubby's new girlfriend stalked Val and forced her to take an overdose at gunpoint, leading everyone to think Val was insane Her third husband was a rapist and murderer Got attacked by a brain virus Was kidnapped and held hostage and believed killed I'm sure there are many more examples of Val's hardships, but this gives a flavour of things, I think.