Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Rocky Road

The last few weeks have been difficult, to say the very least.  I had an intense session with Bonita on the evening of November 6, 2013 during which we began to deal with the miscarriage. The work became so emotionally overwhelming that I needed to stop.  I left the session feeling completely drained and wiped out. During our session, Bonita gave me some homework...write a letter to the baby I lost.  She thinks it will help me process it all and allow me to stop internalizing the grief.  I think she is absolutely right.  That letter is currently a work in progress.
I woke up the next morning to find out a friend of mine, Melissa Morroney, was on life support following a suicide attempt. The week that followed was a bit of a blur and on November 13, 2013 Melissa was taken off life support after showing no brain activity.
I knew Melissa in high school.  She was wicked smart and a crazy talented artist.  She was also one of the kindest, most compassionate and truly genuine people I have ever met. She didn't care who you were, what high school clique you were in, if you were considered cool or not.  She only saw you for the person you were.  Melissa was the type of person who brought out the best in everyone around her. She made you want to be a better person. Her heart was the size of the moon and she truly cared about everyone she met. Melissa and I lost touch after high school and reconnected over Facebook a few months before she died.  I am grateful we reconnected, but I wish we had never lost touch.
Melissa's huge heart brought together so many groups of people who knew nothing or, at the most, very little about each other before this.  We have all rallied around each other to become our own support system. I have been privileged to get to know these wonderful people and am so proud to call them friends.  This is Melissa's last gift to us.  She gave us each other.


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2014!

I am pleased to announce that the Philly WAM Girls have a date has been set for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2014 benefiting Laurel House.  I was honored to be a part of this amazingly moving and important event last year and I look forward to being a part of it again.  
If you would like to be a part of the event or donate to Laurel House you can visit the Philly WAM Girls Eventbrite page Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2014
Here are the details...
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®
The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is the international men's march which encourages men to walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes to protest rape, sexual assault & gender violence. Our Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event will be held May 10, 2014 at Farm Park in Norristown benefitting Laurel House Shelter of Norristown. 
Laurel House has been providing a safe and secure refuge for victims of abuse and their children for the last 33 years. By focusing on the positive aspect of a community coming together around this topic, the Walk strives to empower individuals to take a stand against gender violence!
Event Details
Date: Saturday, May 10th, 2014
Venue: Farm Park, Norristown, PA
Check-in: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks & Kick-Off Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
              **Preston Elliott from the Preston & Steve Morning Show will be our 
                 official emcee!
Walk Begins: 10:45 a.m.
              **Entertainment will be provided by Nick & Jason - check them out!
                 http://www.facebook.com/#!/nickandjason 

*Everyone is welcome to walk, but ladies - feel free to wear your flats/sneakers!
**Children under 16 do not need to register, and can walk with you the day of the walk!
If you would be interested in volunteering for this event, please contact us at:philly.wam.girls@gmail.com

For more information on Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®, please visit:www.walkamileinhershoes.org

For more information about Laurel House, please visit:
Laurel House is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organization as defined under the Internal Revenue Service code section 501c (3). Tax-exemption entity ID: 23-2172743. The official registration and financial information of Laurel House may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.