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When You Feel That Strongly

Everything about this video is wrong.

I realized too late that the paper I bought wasn’t card stock, which made it challenging.

I didn’t practice and my fingers cover some of the words.

It’s too long.

I forgot to wear my wedding ring.

I definitely hadn’t planned to get emotional.

And yet I couldn’t bring myself to reshoot any of it. It’s messy. It’s real. It’s honest. It is what it is.

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40 comments on “When You Feel That Strongly”

  1. Oh, yeah– we had some help from Hospice, too, lucky for us- they were wonderful, and at least the freaking powers that be in our country, the wealthiest in all in the world, allow us to have Hospice. I wish every person in the U.S. would demand that we ALL have the same health care as our elected officials, PERIOD! And at an affordable price. DOUBLE PERIOD!!!! Ok, that’s all. Don’t get me all riled up! Deep breaths…….

  2. Sarah. You can do this. You will be fine. How do I know? I took care of my mother (stroke-related dementia); she and my dad moved in with me and my husband for the last year of her life. Five years later my dad died, in our house. It was SO hard. For the last 3 years, I’ve had Stage 4 Breast Cancer (with bone metastases). And, you know what? I am strong. You are strong. We can be weak, and later strong again! We are women, hear us ROAR! We will make it. Tears ? can be healing. Hugs, sister. ?

    • Leslie, sending prayers for you and your own health. I don’t know your situation, but I hope the tribe around you is providing excellent care and keeping laughter and joy in your life.

      Hospice is amazing. It is winning the lottery in a game that no one really wants to play. They’re angels.

  3. Sarah – I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I hope she stays comfortable and you and your family are okay. Keeping you in my thoughts.

  4. Wow Sarah you said it all. Love and prayers for you and your family .

  5. Sarah, I’m so sorry you and your family are going through this. I don’t have a big following, but I’m going to post and tweet this where I can. It’s stories like this that will make a difference.

    I’ve already contacted my reps and senators as well as majority leader Mitch McConnell. Since my congress people are Democrat, I call to encourage them and let them know I support their position.

    • Thank you so much Catherine. Spreading the word is huge in these sorts of things. Big organizations can do campaigns and get the word out, but I think the grassroots has the most influence in the end!

  6. I’m so sorry for what is happening to your Mum and your family. I don’t live in the US so there’s no congressman I can write to – I wish there was – but I send you all my best wishes and love and support from across the ocean.

  7. Dear Sarah,
    This sucks. I am so sorry for your family, and especially for you, your sister and your dad. I do not live in the US but I am forever grateful for what public and unrestricted health care has done for my family in time of need. Like you I believe that it is a human rights issue, not a political one. Like you I know that -even- if you do everything “right” it does NOT keep you out of harms way… all it takes is a lifestyle unrelated illness, a distracted driver, a tragedy that your mind and/or body can not cope with. While I can not write a member of congress or go protest I will keep you and your family and especially your mom in my prayers.

  8. whats happening to your mom is awful and I’m so glad that she is in a place where they are taking good care of heart goes out to you. we are in the united states of america ,a rich country,and everybody deserves healthcare.

    • We are doing home hospice Jennifer. For now, the care is on my dad and myself and my sister when she is available. We have an awesome and supportive team of nurses, social workers, and chaplains. Hospice is the giant blessing of a lottery that you never want to win.

  9. Very well said (or written) .And right from the heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  10. My heart goes out to you Sarah, I’m glad that your Mum has a place in a hospice…. at least if it’s like the UK they are marvellous places where people can get the best care and dignity be maintained.

    Pauline (very regular reader of your blog)

    • Hi Pauline, thanks for your well wishes. Hospice is an amazing organization filled with people with hearts of gold. We’re so lucky to have them on our team.