I Lost Everything…And Got It All Back: We Survived America’s Opioid Crisis

Five years ago, I didn't have a future. I had an addict for a husband, chaos for a life, food stamps for groceries, and three small children. I had dreams, but they seemed impossible given all those other things I just mentioned. When I asked my husband to leave, I lost everything...again. For the three-thousandth … Continue reading I Lost Everything…And Got It All Back: We Survived America’s Opioid Crisis

“It’s All About How You See Yourself”

It’s all about how you see yourself. When you were younger, how did you picture yourself now? What was the vision you had of the person you’d be now? If you stop & think about it, are you kind of already that person? Maybe you wanted to be a writer, and now, you write at … Continue reading “It’s All About How You See Yourself”

Rising Strong, Rising Again, & Raising Each Other

There's information all over the internet about how to overcome challenges, how to be successful, how to stay motivated, how to cope with loss. But, they're sanitized, and often aimed at some sweeping happy ending. Our uncanny inclination to focus on the positive often glosses over how do we actually, step by step, get up and rise again after a fall? I think what we need more of is seeing behind the curtain, behind the facade. What are the real struggles our friends and family face? What do they wrestle with daily? What challenges do they face, and how do they get through them?

Men, Don’t Just “Move On” Please

Last night I was watching Chicago Fire, an episode where one of the main characters, Hermann, goes into a burning building with a friend & fellow firefighter from another house. In a split second trying to save a man trapped inside, the two men are separated in the smoke & Hermann makes it out alive, … Continue reading Men, Don’t Just “Move On” Please

An Extraordinary Life Makeover, That Started With a “Chainsmokers” Show

Everything changed at a Chainsmokers concert in November. I am living an extraordinary life now, and it all started with one night, standing on a VIP riser, drowning in bass at a Chainsmokers concert. Back in September, I had a major relapse of seizures. I'd gone 110 days without any seizures over the summer (summer … Continue reading An Extraordinary Life Makeover, That Started With a “Chainsmokers” Show