Diary Reveals

Women sharing their stories through written diary entries.

The Prelude

I used walk into work and stroll to my desk every day wearing my steamed slacks and a cardigan, my hair tousled with curls. From the outside it looked like everything was great -- I had an amazing husband, sweet son and wonderful job. That image though wasn't my...

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The Truth About Embrace Your Body

  I had triplets in September of 2013. Yes, triplets; three babies at one time were in my belly. With triplets came a world of change, including my body. And with that was body issues I’d never faced before. I had this pooch in my lower belly that I’d never seen...

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No one can rain on this mom’s parade !

Throw yourself a parade! I do!  A couple of times a week I throw myself a parade in own head, seriously. It’s not that I don’t get praise from my husband or other friends and family, but life is so challenging that sometimes I feel like I’ve earned it — that little...

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Melinda – “I’m not a color.”

"I got to the point where I didn’t know if I should act like ‘black Melinda’ or ‘white Melinda," Melinda Ude knows who she is; she loves who she is; she accepts who she is. It hasn’t always been this way. Melinda is biracial. She was born to a white woman and had a...

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Be Kind To Yourself: Guilt in a time of loss

I wasn’t 100 percent convinced I was ready for a baby when I got pregnant with Jennifer. So when I learned my baby would be born an angel the day before she was scheduled to join our once happy family; the pain was overwhelming. I wondered, “What if I’d wanted her...

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Expectations : Lose Them and Gain Peace

Expectations – we all have them. They can be great creating anticipation and excitement but they can also steal your joy and even make you doubt yourself and others. Or worse yet, they can lead to an epic meltdown on Christmas Day changing everything. But let’s start...

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Advocating for Myself with Family Firmly by My Side

I was 28, had a one-and-a-half-year-old son and an amazing husband. My whole life was in front of me. But then I received the news – a terminal diagnosis. Doctors told me I would be on an IV for the rest of my life and would need a lung transplant but that I was going...

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3 Women, 2 Weeks, 1 Task: Sex Every Day

Challenge: Sex with your partner EVERY day for two weeks. We asked 60 women to take this on – not one single person came forward. That made us wonder – Why not? Did it seem like an impossible task? Is it something people need to do and are scared to? Or was it just a...

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Our “Perfect” Family Photo; Reality: The Family Circus

My name is Sarah, and I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We’ve been blessed with four children – two boys and two girls. I love my house. I love my awesome family.
 It’s a dream come true.
 But it certainly hasn’t been a walk in the park having four kids in...

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Finding Your Passion In Life

I hope that in reading my story, you are inspired to do the things you’ve always wanted to do, take your life back and be a champion! A little more than two years ago I was a completely different person — I was the most selfish, negative and pessimistic person you’d...

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4 Steps to Removing a Resentment

Relieving yourself of resentment -- it’s important. Here’s why: “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies,” Nelson Mandela. Resentment is like me drinking poison and waiting for you to die.  It is literally poison in our heart and...

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Say Something: Break the Silence; Heal Yourself

The charge: 16 Class A Felonies The personal expense: Incalculable The memories: It was the summer after seventh grade; he picked me up from middle school. He took me to Bluegrass Stripper pits. He watched me play in the church lot behind his home. He told me I was...

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Strong Enough for Help

It was a Thursday when I walked up to the doors of Ark Crisis Child Care Center  (Ark) in a suit. This time though I wasn't there for a board meeting. I serve on the board of directors of Ark Crisis Center and thought I understood the mission in the work of the...

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Breastfeeding- A Gift to My Children

As soon as I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I knew I wouldn’t give myself any other option than to breastfeed.  I had the frame of mind that the more I knew, the better
off I’d.  I got a little bit of information from my birthing class, 
completed an...

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Chain of Command

I didn’t decide that this was the way it was going to be, it just worked out this way. My husband, let’s call him James (OK, that’s his real name), and I have a very loving and committed relationship. I will share what it is like for me; take what you want and leave...

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Judging Others

There are two things I wish I could say weren’t a part of my life — judgment and guilt. But let’s get real; that’s just not how life works. Judgment is real. Guilt is real. And you know what, I feel guilty for judging people. When I first met Stacey Godbold the...

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The hardest thing I do everyday: Marriage Reveal

Jessica said her marriage doesn’t look anything like she ever expected. They’ve been through a lot and at had some dark, tough times. But neither were going to give up. When they encountered a hurdle, they didn’t "mess around." They went into crisis mode and sought...

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Living in the Dark- Survivor of Suicide

Shelly had struggled with anxiety and depression much of her life. She’d tried therapy, medicine and just managing her life but nothing ever went as she thought it was supposed to. Then one night the darkness became too much; she swallowed dozens of pills and thought...

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