Dear Rob, Happy Birthday.

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Dear Rob, Happy Birthday. This year you would have been 23 year’s old. It marks the 5th birthday that we celebrate without you. As I always say…. in some ways it gets harder with each passing year because it is that much longer since I have seen you. I think about your last day here; we spent the day together at Leah’s cross country meet. You promised to buy your sister her favorite Michael Kor’s watch if she won for … Read More

Letters to Rob… his clothes find a new home.

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Rob’s room has remained the same since he died. His shirts still hang in his closet, along with his ties and cool belts, and his dresser drawers are still filled with the rest of his clothes. Sometimes I still don’t know how to live without him or who I am without him, however; I do know that I’m a survivor. Last night I was able to pass on some of Rob’s clothes to a special young man… Sean. Thank you for … Read More

My Letter to Rob – 4 Years

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I made a promise to share my journey of grief. Tomorrow it will be four years since I lost my beautiful son Rob. I miss him more than my words can ever express….. Dear Robert, It has been four years. It still feels like yesterday, and at the same time, it feels like forever. People probably think that it gets easier over time; however, the longer I go without seeing you, the more I miss you. Time certainly does not … Read More


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It was a very busy week with The Community Forum, The Drug & Violence Expo and The 2nd Annual Softball Tournament. After these busy times, I am usually hit with intense emotions that trigger a lot of reflection. I feel incredibly blessed to have found purpose and meaning after losing a part of myself. Robert continues to live on in the most meaningful ways, and through Rising Above Addiction and Reclaiming My Life, he will never be forgotten. My life … Read More

Robert’s 22nd Birthday Letter

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On Wednesday, February 21st, my beautiful son Robert would have turned 22 years’ old. Each year I write him a letter. Writing is a tool that helps me to express my feelings and also helps me to heal. I have promised to be open, honest and vulnerable about my journey of losing a child. My hope is that it also helps others who are going through hard times. I want people to know that they can survive, that they can … Read More

Dear Rob – Three Years

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Dear Rob, Tomorrow it will be three years since I lost you. So much continues to change since you’ve been gone. I have realized that this constant change is inevitable, until every piece of my life is in the place it needs to be. It’s a death of self; who and what I thought I was is all but a “used to be.” I decided that I would be completely open with my letters and writings to you. Not only … Read More

The Space between my Heart…

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….. is filled with what used to be, what I knew to be and is now the space within me I move throughout this space, existing simultaneously in between the day before and the day after you died The gifts that were given to me through your death help to solidify the space, attempt to fill the void and bridge the gap that separates our souls There is no love that compares to a Mother’s love for her child, and … Read More

Reclaiming My Life

Losing Robert has been an incredibly painful yet beautiful and profound journey.  Rising Above Addiction has given birth to a new life for me. It has allowed me to have my son live on in the most meaningful way; he is saving lives.   I am proud to announce that Rising Above Addiction is giving birth again. We are opening a Girl’s Sober Home.  To honor Rob, we will be naming the house in his memory, using his initials…… Reclaiming My Life… in … Read More

Holidays Without You

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I have had several people ask me how my holidays were and how I am doing….. Holidays and life after Rob…… This year was especially difficult for me. I am learning so much about loss as time goes by. It may sound strange to some people, but this year was the hardest yet. I think it was harder because it’s been even longer since I have seen my child; too long! Also, I have been rudely awakened from my numbed … Read More

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