For the Love of Friendship

 

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 You usually can’t recall all the people you’ve shared laughs with. But you rarely forget the people you’ve shared your tears with. ” Mya Robarts

Six years ago, my best friend and I were pregnant at the same time, with roughly the same due date(no it wasn’t planned). She had her baby June 21st and I was ecstatic! Soon it would be my turn. Three days later, on June 24th (my mother’s birthday) I had a stillbirth #numb….

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OhMyGreys! I’m 38

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Oh My Greys! I just turned 38!

And by greys, I mean wisdom highlights 🙂

For most of us, we tend to do some introspection at least twice a year – our birthday and at the end of a calendar year. Somehow, these days have come to be associated with some kind of new beginning/chapter. For me, it’s usually the latter…. so what’s so significant about me turning 38… I mean, afterall, it’s not forty!

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#almost38

In 7 days I turn 38! Below is an excerpt from a convo I had with a sister friend. Like a few others, she’s curious about me and my #almost38 shenanigans.

Friend: All these years I’ve known you and I’ve known you for a looong time, I’ve never seen you count down let alone celebrate your birthday. You’ve acknowledged it yes but celebrate…hmm..not so much… Why now? It’s 38 it’s not like  40…why can’t you wait until you reach 40?

Me: It’s not so much the actual day, it’s just what this period of my life represent to me just when I am about to turn 38…and who says I will live to see 40?

Friend: Morbid much? But then again, you are right…weekend I am going to the funeral of a former schoolmate same age as me, so you are very right.

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It’s Suicide Prevention Week, here’s what you should know…

Spread the word! #mentalhealthawareness
“Don’t be afraid to share a kind word, a hug, or a smile with someone who is affected by mental illness, it may not seem like much, but trust me, it will make all the difference.”

One Mind At A Time

Growing up I was always told the best thing you can do with your life is to help to make someone else’s better. I’m happy to say I’ve found my purpose where that’s concerned. For those of you who don’t know, it’s Suicide Prevention Week in America (World Suicide Prevention Day is this Thursday, September 10), and this is the time of year when we should all try to be supportive of and strong for those who cannot be for themselves. In case you’re new here, this (mental health matters) is a topic that’s dear to my heart as I have struggled with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts for several years. (You can read more about that here). I’ve now made it my mission to spread the word in the hopes of ending the stigma and edifying the populace for the greater good. I know how much having…

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