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Recognizing the Strength


"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness."


At first it was as though I had been struck by lightning, as if everything had been stripped from me. The shock was like a jolt to my heart. When I lost my baby, it was like a great opening ripped through me. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I did not know where to turn. Everything felt so unreal…. Acute grief is the immediacy of loss- the inconceivable tragedy. It can feel like a stabbing sensation in the body and mind. It slams shut the heart and leaves exposed only raw emotions. It leaves very little space for anything but sorrow, anger, fear and doubts. It is like a thunderstorm, a sudden flood that submerges almost everything in its path. I felt like I was drowning. I did not know how to move forward. It seemed like all I did was put one foot in front of the other, just to get through the day. It felt as if it would never end… Recognize the strength needed here. But allow yourself to grab a hold of life, the pain and the feelings that come along with it, so that you can try to move forward.
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