Basically, yes. Except with the usage of "met" I would amend that to "met with".
The successful businessman talked about the suffering he had met with in his childhood without any sense of self-pity.
All I can say is that it sounds better. Someone smarter than me has to explain why.
Though you could say "As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives..."
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