My children are not biologically mine, they were adopted through the foster care system in Washington State. They were our foster care children for a year and a half [...]
I did it again. I walked out of worship. This time it was during prayer. I gathered my things, scooted out of my pew, and headed for the parking lot. The usher in the [...]
On August 18, 2013, I suddenly felt dizzy. It had been a nice Sunday afternoon. The hanging plants on my balcony were slowly swinging in the breeze, and I remember ad [...]
Recently, I sorted through paperwork accumulated since our two adopted kids arrived, five years ago this September. Every medical document, communication with social workers, s[...]
A man who looked just like my grandfather walked into the bakery where I was grabbing a treat for my son. When I saw him, my heart sank and I had a difficult time catching my b[...]
I am not a well person.
While I’ve had endometriosis since I was sixteen, and I’ve had asthma since forever, my long-term more “serious” chronic health issues are far more r[...]
"The most important thing a girl wears is her confidence."
Like many young women in this world, throughout my life I have struggled with insecurity and the ability to feel confi[...]
I love telling people that I am a hospice social worker. They’ll quickly say, “You are an angel.” Gay men throw their arms around me. And I confess, sometimes I even wear my ho[...]
There has been a running joke among my friends and exes throughout the years to never let me near a gun. I’ve often laughed along, poking fun at my horrible aim, and friends re[...]
Before moving to Switzerland seven years ago, I never really imagined myself being a mother, let alone birthing naturally with only the assistance of my husband and midwife, an[...]
When it comes to our children’s education, my husband and I usually see eye-to-eye. Until recently. We don’t agree that there will come a time in our youngest son’s life when w[...]
I suffer from cluster headaches. I have done since I was in my early twenties.
I get them in weird cycles. I had them in my early twenties from time to time, then I didn't h[...]
When I was a young girl I was often made fun of for the same things. My skinny “spaghetti” legs was one that stayed for years. The one that stuck with me until now was my face.[...]
In the days afterward I was met with sympathetic words: “You had a rough time of it.”
As family and friends gathered to greet the new baby, I struggled to speak my truth tha[...]
I am an orthodox Jewish woman, and it’s something I’m proud of. I love my religion with all its goodness and flaws. There were many times during my challenges that my faith was[...]
Whenever my anxiety spikes I have this burning desire to write about my experience.
I have been thinking a lot about how confusing abusive relationships can be. One of the m[...]
PND (postnatal depression) crept up on me like a thief in the night, literally.
It came out of nowhere.
Family members had said that after I gave birth to my daughter las[...]
Every time our HASTE (Hospital Alerting System Tone Encoded) alarms, my ears go up, the adrenaline surges and reality strikes—someone who never expected to be in an emergency r[...]
I’ve been thinking real hard lately about how fast a lifetime passes you by.
I wonder if we think it’s moving faster now. I feel like I blinked and was no longer the two-yea[...]
It was nearly ten years ago when I first realized I was in an emotionally abusive marriage. Shortly after my first child was born, I slipped into isolation. My husband[...]
The day our son was born began with (you guessed it) a mother's intuition. Not Mallerie's, but her mom's. She woke up with a gut feeling and notified her boss that she woul[...]
My childhood was plagued with physical, sexual, mental, and emotional abuse. The traumas I’ve endured led to a lifetime of scars and a lifelong battle with depression, anxiety [...]
Much of my life has been defined by loss. I lost my only sibling suddenly when she was just thirty and I was twenty-six. I was the one who had to tell my parents that their eld[...]
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