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    When I was 5 years old, I began kindergarten. I walked into the school with all of the other children who were taller than me. My teacher was very nice. And she had blonde hair. Her smile made me smile! But some of the other kids already knew each other, or so it seemed. “Oh no,” I thought, “I’m ...
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    In Honor of Chuck Ballard 1972-2016 April 6, 2016. Saint Francis Hospital. Day 3: My daddy’s fight against colorectal cancer came to an end that night, in a white hospital room surrounded by the people who loved him most. We’d known that it was coming for three days and we still weren’t ready. I’d been sitting beside his ...
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      This is an open letter to my best friend and sister who passed away this past February 2017. I wanted to write this letter to her and share the many emotions I have felt since her loss. She was someone so special whom I will always carry in my heart. However, since her passing, ...
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    Living with grief doesn’t have to be as painful as we’ve all experienced. Imagine a bag of bricks tied around your neck. With every step you take, the weight of the bricks puts strain on your neck. Step by step by step, this goes on until finally, your knees buckle and you collapse. But you ...
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    It was 8:45 am, only twelve hours until she and my stepfather were to return home from their week-long vacation in Canada. Only, my mother had a different set of news when she had called me that morning on May 15th, 2016. My stepfather had a heart attack, and he did not make it. He ...