“Not all those who wander are lost.” My father took his last breath at home. No hospitals, machines, wires or drugs. “I want to die peacefully in my own bed” he said. We honored his wish and with the help of a hospice nurse, he passed with all of us by his side. Moments before … More 5,578 Miles to Heal My Broken Heart
She sat quietly on my bed, trying to calm my tears, as I wept into the pillow. We barely knew each other, but as my new roommate she was aware that my dad had recently died. She had heard me crying and came to check on me. I finally felt myself calming down and as my breathing returned to normal and I shut my eyes to rest, she quietly tiptoed out of the room.
Little did I know what she had seen. … More He Protected Me From The Grave
He targeted me the moment I sat down. Did I look like easy prey as I was rushing to work? Unaware of him at first, I sat down and took out my phone to listen to music on the way uptown. As the express five train left the hustle of Manhattan on that beautiful summer … More Unwitting Prey-How My Split Second Instincts Saved Me From My Attacker
Her words were so cruel I thought I must have heard wrong. I was rushing through Target to get some inexpensive flip-flops to wear around the house and had just begun scanning the shoe aisle when I first heard her voice. Her words, dripping with hate, seemed to fall without hesitation from her mouth. “Shut … More The Other Mother-Confronting An Abusive Parent and Why It Is Your Business
Death was all around me. The first time was when I was seven years old and the phone rang at 2AM disrupting our family’s peaceful sleep with that shrill non-stop ring. It was as if the phone was screaming “get up and answer this call, now.” Nothing good ever comes from a 2AM phone call. … More Breaking The Silence-The Importance Of Talking To Our Children About Loss
It was our last hurrah, only I didn’t know it then. For my twenty-first birthday, after I had the traditional night of going out and partying with my college friends, my father planned an amazing family celebration. He got tickets to a play I really wanted to see, he invited my mom (they divorced years … More The Truth About Parenting When You’ve Lost A Parent Of Your Own
It was pure hell. After seeing those two pink lines on that pregnancy test and feeling all the initial excitement and joy of finding out I was a mom-to-be, it was abruptly followed by a diagnosis of a condition called Hyperemesis, (the same condition Princess Kate helped put on the map) where I endured debilitating, … More Living A Nightmare-What NOT To Say To A Woman On Bed Rest