I’ve Been Triggered

By: Mary Ellen Collins “I CAN SPEAK FOR MYSELF,” creeps into my brain whenever I am interrupted or they attempt to reinterpret what I have said. My internal voice is shouting, “Who do you think you are? I can speak for myself. I DO NOT need you to interrupt me...

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Fall 2017 Lineup of Classes and Events

By: Mary Ellen Collins We have been diligently working over the summer to create a fantastic fall lineup of classes and events from the Motherless Daughters Ministry. Here is what is coming up! The Road to Forgiveness Forgiveness is a journey. Ever wonder why you keep forgiving the same thing...

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Why A Diagnosis Brings Relief

By: Christine Fishel My mom received a definitive diagnosis last week. My sister drove us the two-hour drive to mom’s appointment for a PET scan. We were very fortunate to have an appointment just five hours later to receive the results, a benefit of her being enrolled in a research study...

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If You’re Losing Your Mom To Dementia…

By: Christine Fishel If you are losing your mother to the horror of dementia, let me recommend a book I just read: Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Copyright 2016 When I am suffering through something difficult, I find solace...

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I’m Taking Off My Crown

By: Mary Ellen Collins I’m taking off my crown. For almost 50 years, I have lived under a curse. “We don’t like you.” “You are not a part of our family.” “Stay away.” “You are not welcome.” I have even had birthday cards returned to me. These words have pierced...

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The Phone Call That Changed My Life

By: Julie Thompson There are certain moments in time that change our lives forever. For me, one of those moments was when I learned my mom had passed away. It was eight years ago, but I still remember it like it was yesterday. I remember waking up at 12:40 a.m....

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The Curse of the Strong Woman

By: Christine Fishel I’m not a poet. And I know it. (See?) But this week I had to find a different way of getting out what was chewing up my insides. I’ve realized that, with rare exception, Motherless Daughters are extremely strong women. Life has forced us to become that,...

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Welcome to The Club

By: Mary Ellen Collins When you lose a mother, you become a member of the Motherless Daughters Club, a club no one wants to belong to and yet here we are. On a journey, coping with our loss, striving to either create or maintain our identity. A life-long grief journey....

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What’s Going On In Her Mind

By: Kris Fisher Last night, my friend lost her mom. She held a vigil at her mother’s bedside for 9 days, watching the struggle for breath, feeling the cooling limbs, staying strong for the other family members. After 9 days, my friend knew she needed to sleep in her own...

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Moving On

By: Thelesia Wynter It was once easy to write about my feelings of mother loss. I’m finding it harder these days as my relationship to this journey changes. At the start, my feelings were so intense and all encompassing. I could write for days about the pain, my struggles, the...

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