THE WEIGHED DOWN SERIES Inspirational stories from young adults breaking what weighs them down – physically, mentally and emotionally. I Lost My Mom Three Days Before I Was Supposed to Run My First Marathon My Silent Battle: I’ve had an eating disorder for 15 years and just began recovery My mother died 20 years ago and this is how it still effects my life How leaving my toxic relationship and becoming a strong single mother at 26 transformed my life: I had to terminate my triplet pregnancy at 13 weeks. This is how I move forward. I survived a stroke at 29 and this is how it transformed the way I live Messages from Max: How losing my brother has changed the way I look at life I had a miscarriage and lost my little brother in the same month. This is how I moved forward. How my journey of having Crohn’s Disease has molded me into the human I have become How the death of mother didn’t end my relationship with her. It just changed it. How finally dealing with my mother’s death has changed my life How Yoga taught me how to love myself Rocks, Hard Places, and the Light that shines Through I lost my mother 6 months ago and this is how I get through everyday How I’m learning to celebrate my birthday without my mother What losing my father to diabetes and heart failure has taught me about life How I’ve lost 40 pounds and stay motivated to continue my journey My mother passed away and sometimes it still doesn’t feel real Losing my friend Chantel: How I’ve found strength through pain How finding God helped me fight my addiction and find my true self again How my mother’s devastating MS diagnosis changed my life…for the better! Controlling the uncontrollable: How I’ve moved forward after almost losing my brother Kicked the Scale: How one inspiring woman overcame an eating disorder How losing my father changed the course of my path How the loss of our father inspired us to build a community of love and inspiration Hot pockets don’t make you feel better: Why being unhealty doesn’t help with the loss Lessons after loss: What I’ve learned from losing both of my parents Life without him: What it’s like to lose your father at 12 years old The Magic Room: Losing my father My Darkest Hour: How I broke my addiction and created a new life for myself The Journey Never Ends: Why you should never give up on your battle Losing my sister, finding myself Darkness to lightness: Why changing your life is so worth it The ongoing journey of losing your mother What’s it like to plan your wedding without your mother Cancer to Compassion: Why getting sick was the best thing that ever happened to me. Here’s to the BACO BOYS: The loss of my brother and his three best friends The Silver Lining: Finding strength and HOPE through the loss of my mother Falling back together: How I survived falling 70 feet off a high rise building DIFFERENT: What it’s like to live with Generalized Anxiety Disorder Cancer in college: What it’s like to fight cancer when you’re in college A piece of me missing: What it’s like to lose your father to ALS October 2nd, 2003: My brother had a stroke and the course of my life forever changed.