October 20, 2000
This one, it’s a really tough one. This was the day my son was born. I had been in labor for 26 hours. I was alone. After being in labor since 2:00 in the morning my common law husband took me to the hospital at 8:30 in the morning, went to drop off my friends daughter that I was babysitting and went to work. I wouldn’t hear from or see him again until 6:30 that night at which point he stayed with me for 20 minutes, stated he was so hungry he was going to pass out and went home and got drunk. My day consisted of several ultrasounds and poked and prodded, I got an epidural with the nurse at my side. Very early the following morning, I went into hard labor and gave birth at 4:20 in the morning. I had my beautiful baby boy in my arms.
October 20, 2000
This was also the day my son died. While I had my son in my arms, he was gasping for breath because his lungs were underdeveloped. Within 20 minutes, he was breathing no more. My son – Tyler William – had died in my arms. The love of my life was stolen from me. I said goodbye to a lot things in my life by this point. This day was the single most difficult day of my life. It ripped apart my soul and eventually everything that I thought was good in my life fell apart. I threw the social worker out of my room. I threw the nurses out my room. The next two months would be spent in my apartment. I couldn’t leave. I just couldn’t. I freaked out and destroyed things. After a particularly horrible meltdown, the girl that lived upstairs from me and a friend took me outside to the park across the street. She actually made me go with her. We simply crossed the street and sat on the bench. She talked to me about nothing. She talked and talked and talked until I talked back. We went back into my apartment and we cleaned up that mess I had made. There was no judgement. She just helped me. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know where I’d be right now.
As much as I didn’t want it to, life moved forward. Eventually I did spiral into a sucking abyss of negativity and despair. My relationship failed and crashed. It was unhealthy to begin with. I have the WORST taste in men. I attract the douchiest of the douchbags. This guy, no exception. He cheated, stole, lied and treated me with such disrespect. This made everything so much more brutal. Combining all of this together was like being slowly burned alive, tied to a stake with a never ending supply of lighter fluid being sprayed on you. He left me with no self-esteem, an apartment that I could barely afford and a failing business that he ran into the ground. I can’t blame him for all of the business. It was technically my business – he worked for me. I blindly trusted him. I learned a very valuable (and extremely painful) lesson from that. Question everything. If your name is on a business, you should always know what’s going on behind the scenes. Don’t agree to put your name on anything if you don’t plan on being involved and knowing what’s going on. It’s YOUR name that will be destroyed. Not anyone else, just yours. Even if they find out that someone else was the one to destroy your name, you’ll be labeled as a moron. I don’t know what is worse – having your name trashed as being a fraud or scammer or having people pity you for being stupid.
The death of my son started a five year descent into so much more pain than any person should ever have to live with. It started off as crippling. Eventually you learn to deal with the pain and accept it as part of your life. So many people tell you that you need to ‘get over it’ and ‘move on’, but how can you? It’s not something you just ‘get over’. Alcohol and drugs can help you forget and move on. Or, if you’re me you learned from being a survivor of years of abuse you learn to compartmentalize. Every excruciating thing or emotionally traumatic that I’ve ever had happen to me – I put it in a box and put it away. It open each box at a time I feel I can deal with it for an amount of time and when I need to stop, I have learned how to stop and close the box. It isn’t always as simple as that. I’ve found that the further along in life I go, it takes longer to close some boxes. With all of the changes that I have personally gone through in this last year, my anxiety and depression have hit an all time low. Thankfully I do have some friendly folks in my life that have helped me. Most of them don’t even realize it. It’s true when ‘they’ say a small act of kindness can make a bid difference.
October 20, 2017
This day would be my sons 17th Birthday. A new friend in my life made this very difficult day better. Kept me smiling and laughing. He infuriates me like nobody’s business and confuses me to no end, however he did make this day better. Kept me and my mind occupied. The best part of that is that he didn’t even know. It took five years to drown in my own despair. I’ve spent the last twelve years trying to get myself out of this abyss. It’s difficult keeping my head above water. Some days I am holding on by my fingernails. Every day is a new experience. Sometimes it seems impossible, but I’m still here.
One foot in front of the other. Sometimes it’s a shuffle, sometimes I stumble, sometimes I sit completely still and wallow in it. I am, however still here and fighting. What more can I do at this point? I’m too stubborn to give up.