My husband’s reaction to my manuscript

With my husband’s permission, I posted the message he sent after finishing my book. It took him a few months. It was understandably hard for him.

I get it.

Last week there was more editing that needed to be done on the most difficult chapters which involves putting myself in the back of that police car and living it again–hearing the news about Charles’ suicide. The chapters are much better but that came at a cost. The process left me emotionally spent.

Recovery happens more quickly now. And there is healing for having done it. It is my choice to write this but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. That’s how I know reading it wasn’t easy for my husband.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

8 thoughts on “My husband’s reaction to my manuscript”

  1. What complete validation from your husband! Now you can look forward to Charles’ sign saying, “ good job, mom and thank you.”

  2. This made me cry. Shew. I can’t wait to read it and know I will honor you, Charles and Randy with each page, as I know the emotional toll it took to write and re-write. 💙

    1. I went to a book editing presentation and when I came home a number of thkngs in the book jumped in my face as CRUTCH! Lazy writing because I didn’t want to go there all the way. I had to do that. And that’s when the magic happens.

  3. I’m so thankful this tragedy has not torn you two apart, as tragedy often does. It is a blessing to walk this journey hand in hand, shoring each other up. ❤️

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