So four of us are setting up at the Out of the Darkness walk hosted by AFSP, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. I look over and see a group from the McShin Foundation putting up the display you see featured here on this page.
The Out of the Darkness walk was so moving. So powerful. It’s a day I got to celebrate Charles’ life with friends and 1,000 other people.
I was not a great fundraiser this year, asking way at the last minute but many of you came through for me and we made our team goal. So thank you for
Your stories help others. And I want to share them.
If you are in recovery, what was your rock bottom? Did you lose custody and how did you feel? How have you been treated? How many funerals of friends have you been to?
If you have lived experience as someone who suffers mental illness, tell us
I want to tell you a little bit about my father. My father is a quiet, consistent loving man, who has been teaching for the last 48 years and doesn’t show any signs of loving it any less. My father, more than any other person, led me to recovery.
A little more than ten years ago,
Chewed up and spit out heart. If you’ve lost a child, you know the feeling.
But this is gum. Which is candy. which means that Charles loved it. Walmart? His favorite store. Why? Because on some day during the week, don’t remember
The power was out and Charles was pumped. It was out after a Hurricane Isabel.
He loved it. Thought it was the grandest thing ever. Hurricane and no electricity meant everyone came outside. Away from their big screen TVs and video games. School was cancelled and it was 24/7 play time!
Let’s face it. Losing a child hurts. Period. It’s devastating. So devastating you wonder how you will go on. You wake up every day for months and then it dawns on you that your worst nightmare is actually true.
It can’t hurt more.
All I can say is that a suicide is a loss like
McShin Foundation is starting an event called CareTalks and this one was the second one. I was invited to speak along with several other great speakers. I talked about the blog. This one.
Tim Alexander took video so the recordings will be up in a couple of weeks. My voice still sounds hoarse
From Anne Moss: I got this message from a mom that is part of our village here on Emotionally Naked. Figuring out the boundary between enabling and helping is so difficult. Given that so many of us struggle with one in active addiction or a loved one who has died, I thought