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I just knew I had leukemia. Like a shouting child insistent on his way, my secret disease seemed to scream in my face, “Told you!” Shaking my head in frustration, I attempted to dislodge the thought. I was 19 years old. I couldn’t have cancer. But my...

To a kid, gang life is alluring. For Oscar, it nearly lost him his freedom. All names (people, churches, etc.) have been changed to protect the safety of those mentioned. As you comment and share this story online, please respect "Oscar's" privacy and safety, and do...

What started as a fairy tale became an addiction to a world of fantasy… Her hair blew in the cool breeze of dusk as she played for a while before her mother called her in for the evening. Her laughter caught on the wind and echoed...

She danced. And she sang. And then she couldn’t. Jessica was healthy. In and out of choirs and dance lessons, she developed an appreciation for the arts at an early age. Her heart was full when she knew the connection her body had to music. For...

Twenty-five years ago, Lynn Olive received some of the most terrifying news any person can receive, the diagnosis of a brain tumor.  There were MRI scans revealing a tumor. There was a doctor confessing that, from the scans, she didn’t have much time. And, there...

I killed myself on September 1st, 2013. For ten minutes, my faithfully beating heart [so full of promise, so full of life] gave in to my desperate attempt to wipe away the world and all its sorrows. Update: We are releasing a shirt inspired by Vanessa's story...

Wyatt was always around. It seemed like he was there at every significant moment in Thomas’s life. As Thomas struggled through puberty and the rollercoaster of growing up, Wyatt was there. As he sought earnestly for the approval of others, Wyatt was always near. Never...

If you were to ask Gloria, as a little girl, what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have told you from her 8 year-old, not-so-little heart that her passion was to be the U.S. Women’s Soccer Goalie. It wasn’t long after reaching...

Some names have been changed in the course of this story. These ‘entries’ are compiled from an interview with Jason and Martina Ahlbrandt. They have approved this retelling of their story. Dear Journal, I’ve been thinking about fostering and adoption a lot lately. Mom said something the...

It was the day of my brothers wedding. I respectfully joined the rest of the wedding party by facing away from the congregation, lifting my hands and eyes, and singing to a God I wasn’t even sure I believed in. This was the moment before God...