What Doesn’t Kill You… Just Beats the Shit Out of You.


<— The small Christmas tree that I brought to Mom’s room, covered in ornaments that I’ve had forever. Many of them, she bought for me when I had my first tree.

More than one person has said to me recently: “What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.”  Well perhaps, but it sure beats the shit out of you. Am I stronger? No doubt. I’ve changed in ways I never dreamed over these past couple of months. This past year, in fact, has left me an entirely different person on so many levels. Right now, I feel stronger than ever and broken down, all at once. My entire body feels battered, my eyes hurt from being open for so long… from crying, from dim lighting in a small room, that I’ve been sitting in for 42+ hours now, as I listen to my mother die.

It has been such a…

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About Dawn Quyle Landau

Mother, Writer, treasure hunter, aging red head, and sushi lover. This is my view on life, "Straight up, with a twist––" because life is too short to be subtle! Featured blogger for Huffington Post, and followed on Twitter by LeBron James– for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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