Life of Joann, (2/Many)


“I was sleeping on the side of the bed, my arm hanging off the side. I saw my mom walk to my side and grab my hand. I had this sigh of relief. She’s alive. But you know what happened when I woke up and opened my eyes? She disappeared.” “When I first heard that my mother had cancer, my heart raced, I broke out in a sweat. The thought of losing my mother overwhelmed me. I was only 15. What if she wasn't there on my 16th birthday? My 18th? What about when I get married? When I have kids?” “The worry of her maybe not being there left me anxious. And when she died, the reality of that worry left me paralyzed.”


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