Widow. Writer. Warrior.
Hello from Denver! I’m Stephanie!
My elevator speech: I became a widow unexpectedly at 29, 10 months after I married a man I’d known since I was 16 and about a month after he turned 30.
What I know you want to ask: no I didn’t kill him, he was 30, aortic dissection, I have not remarried. I have dated and am not actively at this time. I do believe he is still around me in some capacity.
I am very open about all of this. I have learned my courage in doing so serves others. So, here is my journey, my story as I continue to write it.
Life is a bitch, grief is a fickle, fickle bitch. Absolutely every person we encounter in the world carries pain we will never understand the depths of. My experience granted me the ability to feel that. When I allow myself to, I feel so intently I cannot describe it.
While fighting through my pain, I started talking about it. I started answering questions and calling people out for saying things they didn’t know felt like daggers into my already bleeding heart; I started a conversation.
That conversation has brought growth to me and to others fighting to survive in a world that just doesn’t get it.
I grew up in Colorado outside of Denver, and have lived here my entire life.
In adolescence, I found a love of tennis, science, learning and people. All are still true.
I am passionate about animals. My husband worked with them which enlightened me.
Writing and speaking about grief is absolutely my passion however I am finding ways to make a difference within the NLP (Neuro Linguistic ReProgramming) world as well.