Seven Lessons I’m Learning on the Grief Journey

Six years ago today. Rhiannon's 24th birthday, May 19, 2009.

Today would have been my daughter Rhiannon's 30th birthday. We're calling it her "first birthday in heaven."If you haven't been following the story, here it is in a nutshell: Rhiannon was born (5/19/1985) with polycystic kidney disease which led to other issues, including liver disease, an enlarged spleen, and paralysis following a stroke at age 3. Faced with a short life expectancy, in 2011 she began to experience falling blood counts that led to repeated hospitalizations as her caregivers … [Read more...]

How is she doing?

I had the occasion to speak with a friend yesterday with whom I haven't spoken in over a year. We did the obligatory "how's it going?" conversation, and of course, that led to the hardest question of all: "How's Rhiannon?"For readers who do not know the story of my stepdaughter, she was born in 1985 with polycystic kidney disease, which is, according to Wikipedia, "the most common genetic, life threatening disease affecting an estimated 12.5 million people worldwide." Her enlarged … [Read more...]


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