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It’s Just Me… Holly Chamberlain’s blog chronicles her journey from the most horrific moment in her life to present day. As she crawls her way through her grief, she utilizes humor and raw emotion to write about her challenges, struggles, fears and hopes. The blog began as a way to express her private thoughts with a few close friends but it has evolved into something quite different.  Holly’s blog has been shared with thousands of people, some of whom are living a similar story. Holly’s vulnerability gives others permission to be vulnerable. She is irreverent at times, yet still full of faith and hope. She is honest, blunt, and spares no intimate detail.

 

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Who wants to lose their child? Who thinks it could happen? Who could predict that on February 16, 1999, the clock would start counting backwards from 5,221 days? We know our days are numbered and our physical presence on this earth is finite. However, we never expect that number to...

I’m doped up on meds and numbing the grief. Yeah, I said it. Me. The girl who insisted on “feeling life” – the good, the bad, the exhausting, the sad, the painful – is now heavily medicated.  Is there shame in that? Nope. Not for this girl.  Here’s how it...

I want a second chance. I miss my son so much and I cannot stand this new existence without him! I want to make a deal with the universe or God or whomever – I want to get Mason back. Can’t I just rewind? What kind of bargain can I...

I’ve been stuck on the topic of happiness lately, trying to figure out whether it is a choice or an involuntary feeling, a response to external circumstances. Can I just choose to be happy regardless of my situation? I’ve pondered the differences between happiness as an external response and joy...

I haven’t written in a while because I haven’t been able to put into words the Feelings that have consumed me these past couple of weeks. I am on a journey I never imagined. I have met travelers along the way who have Found themselves on a similar journey. Their...

Sometimes I don’t know what to write. I am consumed with sadness and who wants to keep reading about that? Then I remind myself that this blog is for me, and I need to get a few things out of my head, out of my heart, and onto paper so...

What? Another run?That's right! March 1st, 2014! Join aMasongrace project as we run/walk the healthiest 5K in the universe. (Well, that's what they claim!) It's an opportunity to get soaked with tie dye liquid and laugh with us as we find healthy ways to burn off steam, fill our lives with fun, and...

join the team aMasongrace project as we find yet another reason to celebrate life! enjoy getting sprayed with colored chalky powder as we run/walk the happiest 5K on the planet. click to register!   ...

Today I am full of a bunch of thoughts that begin with the words “I’ll never…” I’m overwhelmed and saddened by the realization of the hundreds of things I’ll never do with my son. Remember that character in the Charlie Brown cartoons? Pigpen was his name, I think. Wherever he...

I’ve been a little MIA lately, I know. I normally post each week, as topics bubble up and pester me until I write about them. I had planned to write while on holiday in Bali, Indonesia, with my Aussie family… but something really weird happened that prevented me from doing...