Today my heart was heavy. The date of July 25th has been ingrained in my brain. 13 years ago I found out that my brother took his own life. By this time of day (8pm) I was in shock and disbelief. Today I coped with this loss by spending time with my family. I let a few of my friends know what I was feeling today and they were all very supportive.
The text that stood out was one that mentioned all that I had accomplished since that difficult time in my life. I've managed to earn my Bachelors and Masters degree. I've gotten married and we've had two daughters. I'm a licensed professional counselor and work in my ideal job. Not to mention that I've run several 1/2 marathons and 3 full marathons since Brian's death.
Overall, I am choosing to make lemonade out of the lemons that were given to me. I'm writing my book on how I have coped with his death (currently on hold for now until life settles down a bit). I am grateful for all I have learned and the incredible friends I've made over these last 13 years.