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Abuse Doesn’t End with Divorce

I didn't see it when we were married. I was in love, or in mom mode, or in massive denial the majority of the decade we spent together. For years we checked the boxes,...

Suicide Prevention Advice From a Survivor

I’d like to think I would be a good advocate for suicide prevention but not as someone who has overcome suicidal tendencies but because I live a life as someone left behind after the...

The Other Virus

Most people who have the virus never know. Even the majority of people who find out they have the virus through an antibody test are asymptomatic or have only ever experienced symptoms so mild...

I Don’t Wear My Wedding Ring, but I’m Still Married

I don't wear my wedding ring even though I'm married. I don't even remember when I took it off. There wasn't a dramatic fight, or a sudden desire to express my independence. I simply...

My Family is Living with a Secret

My spouse is amazing. Almost daily I'm told how beautiful I am, how much I am appreciated, and how wonderful life is with me. I truly feel blessed that my spouse honors me, loves...

Everyone Thought I Was Okay

Congratulations on your new baby! Labor and delivery were hard, but now you have a lovely new bundle to love. You are so lucky! What a beautiful new mommy. Of course, you’re tired, emotional, and...

Sex Education and STIs

Ahh good old Sex Ed. Vague memories and incredibly random pieces that stand out from that chapter of life. I recall watching a video in 5th grade about puberty and what to expect as...

Affairs: The Gift That Keeps Giving

My husband started talking about a divorce and sleeping on the couch the week after Thanksgiving. The majority of that month was a blur of holiday happenings and undeniable distance. Before we knew it,...

When Your Cries for Help Fall On Deaf Ears

“If you need help, just ask." “I’m not a mind reader, if you need something, just tell me what you need." “Stop nagging me, I’ll get to it when I get to it." All sound familiar? As...

YES! Your Kid CAN Survive the First Year of Middle School!

I can fondly think back to my middle school years. Glasses, hideous jeans that I thought were cool, and glitter eye make-up galore. Peanuts compared to what our middle school kids face nowadays. We moved...