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Life Interrupted: A Mother's Struggle with the Loss of a Child

By Victoria Ferraro Richards

This is the Story of Nicholas Riley Richards.

My son was taken away from us in the blink of an eye when he was just 18 years old.  1,906 more words

The Struggle

Recognizing Hope

Suicide is rising as feelings of hope are diminishing.  I work at a school and see how often teachers and administrators focus on what is wrong, how kids are failing, and how to test to find more things wrong.  629 more words

Coping

"Yes, it's confusing"

“Yes, it’s confusing. I look fine. But I’m not. I have a chronic illness. And… It’s tough to explain… how hard it is.”

Sometimes you just have to lay it all out there and it’s hard. 170 more words

Invisibleillness

PAM16:23 We Are the Mighty

Stories that inspire through real stories by real people facing real challenges. Having a disability or disease doesn’t have to be isolating. U.S. Pain Foundation partnered with The Mighty to allow pain warriors a safe platform to face their adversity with the pain community. 39 more words

Awareness

Tranquility's window

When you are chronically ill there is more to deal with than just the illness. One of the difficult things is realizing that this could be it for the rest of your life, and not getting overwhelmed by that thought. 808 more words

Personal Story

09.24.2016 

Dear Blog,

Today was a very emotional day for me. I was so excited and nervous to view this apartment with my boyfriend but deep down, I knew it was too good to be true. 704 more words

Apartment

I Am Enough

There is power in finally coming to terms with accepting yourself- I mean truly accepting yourself. The ability to stare in the mirror and speak the life giving words “I am enough” brings goosebumps to my arms. 491 more words

Anti Anxiety