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As you all know by now, April is a crappy month. We have the anniversary of Madeline’s death at the beginning, and the March of Dimes’ March for Babies at the end. And while the March for Babies is a beautiful thing, it’s also emotionally debilitating. I hate asking people to join my team, and…

Ten Years Of Marching For Maddie

The beginning of the 2016 March, where we were the Family Ambassadors. I spoke in front of all of those people. Holy crap! If you can believe it (I can’t), this is our tenth year participating in the March for Babies, the March of Dimes’ biggest fundraiser. By participating, we help the March of Dimes champion the…

It’s Okay To Live

As you’ve likely heard, writer/actress/mental health advocate Carrie Fisher died two days ago. Like many people, I was terribly saddened to hear about her passing. I loved Fisher’s brilliant writing and thought she was a hilarious actress. She was only 60 years old. Yesterday, her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, passed away. At 84 years old,…

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I’ve looked at this photo A LOT this week. It was taken less than a month after Jackie’s brain tumor was discovered. Things were moving fast and there was a tremendously scary path in front of her. I know I personally would have been curled up in a ball. But that wasn’t Jackie. To prep…

She Would Be Nine

Annabel and I are on a little trip, just the two of us. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be away over Maddie’s birthday, but Mike pointed out that we do our best to make November 11 a fun day for the kids. As you know, we don’t mess around in our family when…

I Am A Preemie Parent

November is Prematurity Awareness Month, and it’s also Madeline’s birthday month. I am missing my oldest girl so much. We should be preparing for a ninth birthday party and a house full of third graders. When November rolls around, I have a lot of flashbacks to our time in the NICU with Maddie. I’m reposting a…

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When I was growing up, my entire family referred to my brother and me as “The Twins.” When I was younger, I disliked this. Yes, we were twins, but we were also two individual people and I didn’t always like being lumped into a unit with my brother. As I grew, I realized that “The…

Etched On My Heart

Yesterday marked four years since my best friend Jackie passed away from a brain tumor. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think about her. I may not reflexively grab my phone to text her anymore, but I always think about how she’d react to current events, how much she’d laugh at my…

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