Tag: coping

Broken Open

Nine years ago, my son T.J.’s death shattered my soul. Reflecting on the days and weeks following his death I remember a push and pull deep inside moving me forward on a wave of love and kindness.

Crossing the Finals Finish Line

It’s that time of year—the dreaded F word—FINALS. Students everywhere are getting anxious for the worst week of the semester, with mid-terms being a close second. It is safe to say there is a lot of dread, denial, and procrastination. Finals week brings an overwhelming amount of stress. If you have worked hard and kept […]

Living With A Silent Disability

What does anxiety feel like? Heart pounding, unable to sleep, scared, restless; sounds like sitting in a scary movie, right? No, just a few of the feelings one gets when living with severe anxiety. Anxiety in and of itself is a disability. However, living with it and working to overcome it, I have found strengths […]

Running for a cause: Team Erika’s Lighthouse

15 years ago, my family lost a close friend. Erika Neuckranz lost her life to adolescent depression at just 14 years old. Erika was like a 3rd sister to me, similar in age to my two older sisters. She was our next door neighbor in Chicago, and one of the brightest spirits I can remember.  […]