I’m a writer, photographer, black belt martial artist, and trauma survivor. I’m passionate about sharing my ongoing recovery from PTSD, major depression, and addiction.
My blog was originally about my past recovery. But now, in addition to the miraculous healing God has done in my life, I also share my raw and painful journey through my mom’s brain cancer. From her diagnosis in October, 2012 to the ongoing stages of grief since her death in January 2013, here you’ll find my very personal passage through the most sorrowful time in my life.
If someone would have told me some of the chief blessings of my life would be found as a result of my mom’s terminal diagnosis, I would have thought they were crazy and morbid. But, it’s true. And I want to share all the hope, wisdom, and joy that I continue to discover in the dark places of grief and horror.
As I wrestled with God and begged him to save my mom, with his gentle grace, he began teaching me what it means to pray, “Thy will be done.” I have come to know first-hand the incomparable gifts and blessings that accompany that prayer. And I’m especially surprised by his peace that passes understanding.
I’m living proof that God can redeem our greatest pain and worst failures. He’s powerful enough to heal our hurts, and if we’ll let him, he’ll turn our biggest losses into a ministry of hope and healing for others, which heals us even more. His love is too big for us to imagine, and I want to spend the rest of my life discovering that which I can’t imagine.
Recovery is anything but predictable and linear. It’s messy, but I believe sharing our honest journeys with each other is what life is all about. I hope you’ll join me…