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A Hopeful Grief: Facing the Toughest Times without Fear

Jerusha Agen Fighting Fear 14 Comments

Cancer. I had expected something minor, something treatable. Instead, I was told my beloved dog has a tumor and a cancer that will probably kill him. The diagnosis hit hard and began to painfully chip at my heart, preparing it to shatter when the end comes, far sooner than I had expected. The apparent injustice of the diagnosis strangled me. …

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Lift Me Up: When What You Fear Happens

Jerusha Agen Fighting Fear 9 Comments

My heart felt like it was being gutted from the inside out, slowly ripped apart by an unstoppable horror. I was no stranger to loss or grief. I’d seen the death of three grandparents, a surrogate grandmother, a college friend, pets I loved like family. I’d tasted other kinds of grief, too, over ended relationships, loved ones gone astray, betrayal, …