"...what transpired next so surprised me, I do not remember his name."
"We would order drive-through hot cocoa and spend hours checking the road clearing progress."
"Fear of school violence weighed heavily on me when I was teaching."
As our understanding of mental illnesses and suicide ideation continues to evolve, so must our language.
Get past the idea that “it could never happen to us.”
Transgender individuals just want to live authentically.
My soul is filled with hope today, but also sadness.
Sitting in my father’s living room, I study and ponder its contents. I am surrounded by his life. This room is steeped with his presence even in his absence.
“I know I would be healthier if I were thinner, and I know I have to take responsibility for my body and my health; I just wish I could somehow disconnect my feelings about my outer shell with my inner self-worth. I have to learn that I am beautiful in my own way...”
“While in the hospital, she received no PT or OT to help keep up her muscle or bone strength. She was not allowed to leave that room at all. I could hear the frustration in her voice as she tried to shrug off the idea that, ‘No one wants me.’”
“Was this a surprise? Yes. An adjustment? Yes. But using her correct name and pronouns has been easy because she is our child who we love deeply and intensely.”
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