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February 1, 2023

I Told Her Everything Would Be Fine

I told her everything would be fine. I thought it would be. I told her that I’d see her as soon as she was out of the hospital, as soon as her surgery and procedure were done. It seemed like an ordinary day when I told her I loved her and left her in the doctor’s care. Before leaving, I told her again that everything…

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January 25, 2023

Message From a Reader: “Any tips?”

Her message reads, “My mom and I are best friends and she was diagnosed a year ago with ALS. I am trying to prepare myself for life without her, but I’m devastated and she’s still here. I’m making memories but secretly heartbroken. Any tips?” Every time I get a message like this I wish I had an “easy” button. I wish I had a way…

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January 24, 2023

Back to Work After Loss

As I walk back into work, the first time since burying my mother, I feel different. In truth, I know it’s deeper and much more complex than that. I feel different because I am different.  I hope everyone accepts this new version of me. I hope my pain doesn’t make them uncomfortable, though I’m quickly learning it usually does.  My brokenness is noticeable. But they…

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Grief & Laundry

When my mother passed, my life paused and everything suddenly seemed much larger and intimidating than it had before. Overwhelmed with fresh grief, I let mundane household tasks become completely unattended to. I wasn’t trying to be lazy, I simply crumbled at the thought of anything that would leave me alone with my thoughts and my pain and my new reality.  Laundry was one of…

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January 23, 2023

She is a Woman with a Mother in Heaven

She is broken. She is shattered. She is changed, forever. She is a woman with a mother in heaven. She is angry. She is confused. She is scared.  She wants so desperately to hold hope and faith but somehow they have become unknown entities in this current state of life. She is suddenly surrounded by darkness while desperately searching for a speck of light. She…

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Chelsea Ohlemiller

Chelsea Ohlemiller

A wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea is a sappy romantic, coffee junkie, book collector, and person who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s sarcastic, full of jokes, full of tears, and enjoys writing most when life gets messy or complicated. In 2017, Chelsea's mother passed away. Through her grief journey, she decided to take her mother’s advice and share her writing with the world. One day she gained the courage to honor her mother's wishes and write. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she's ever made.

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