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I've come a long way, baby

Seven years ago today, I made an attempt on my own life, and ended up in hospital. It was the worst time of my life, but it was the best thing that ever happened to me.

This evening, I was lying in the hammock (Reason # 6894759 to love The Webmeister), cuddled up with my puppy Benny, thinking about far I have come since that day seven years ago and thanking G-d for the gifts in my life today. My two wonderful children. A great relationship with a supportive guy. A lovable white fluffball to play with by day and curl up with at night. A career doing what I love, and on this very day, some great news that I hope to share very soon. A new online project with some former colleagues at the Greenwich Time/Stamford Advocate called Our Greenwich that I'm really excited about. So much to be grateful for - including that most dreadful, horrible time, seven years ago; because if I hadn't gone through that, I wouldn't be here. Plus, the experiences in the hospital gave me a lot of material I used in writing PURGE, a book I feel so passionate about.

I'm so happy and grateful to be alive, to be here, to be in my life right now, waiting to watch Obama make his speech tonight, a historic moment mingling with my own moment of personal triumph.

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ex_kmessner
Aug. 29th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Put me on the list of people who are thankful to know you. (Also on the list of those happy about your soon-to-be-shared good news, whatever it may be.) I hope you have a fantastic weekend, Sara!
saraclaradara
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Thanks Kate! I hope to be able to spill the good news soon :-)
aprilhenry
Aug. 29th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Wow, that's really heavy. I'm glad so much has changed for you.
amvrettos
Aug. 29th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you're here, too!
(Anonymous)
Aug. 29th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting this. I've been in a bad place several times in my life and have recently drifted back there. Reading of your accomplishments makes me feel grateful, hopeful. And I can't wait to read PURGE. -n.
saraclaradara
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
You'll get through it again. But man, does it suck being there. Believe me, I know. Hang in there!
artistq
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
I AM SO THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE HERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You have been a blessing in my life!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
~~Laura

saraclaradara
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
And you in mine, dahlink!

When do we get together to celebrate all our blessingness?!!
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amanda_marrone
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
I'm thankful I got to meet you--we REALLY have to get the kids and the dogs together--must say, nothing beats snuggling with a havanese.
saraclaradara
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
Daughter says to thank Griffin, because if we hadn't fallen in love with him, we wouldn't have Benny now.
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amanda_marrone
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
PS--I'm a little afraid about getting the dogs together. I brouht Griffin to my brother's house where he humped their lab repeatedly. Such big dreams from such a little guy. I did get to take him to a nursing home this summer--he was as good as gold. Go figure.
saraclaradara
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Don't worry - Benny is an equal opportunity humper/humpee. Oh wait, this is the clean blog. We'd better not talk about that here ;-)
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kmarcus
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
I know about dark places, my friend. I'm so glad that you are now basking in the light.
xo
saraclaradara
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
Here's to finding the sun for all of us.
seaheidi
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
i had no idea, what an anniversary to celebrate your path toward healing and the future you have built (re-built) for yourself and your children.

xo
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saraclaradara
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
I'm pretty open about it (obviously) but it's not the kind of thing you just come out and say upon first meeting people. Still, part of the reason I do feel it's important to be open about it is because with hard work and therapy it's possible to recover and overcome and get to an infinitely better place.
janni
Aug. 29th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're here, too! Thank you for hanging in there when it wasn't an easy thing to do.
thunderchikin
Aug. 29th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're still here.
sharigreen
Aug. 29th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this -- I believe sharing our stories will help others going through similar stuff. :)

Peace be with you....
saraclaradara
Aug. 29th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
That's why I feel it's so important to be open about having been through the tough times, as well as sharing the good times. It's easy to share good news- so much harder to let down the mask and let people know when we're hurting or have been hurt. But when we do, it's amazing how much good can come of it. At least that's been my experience.
cynthialord
Aug. 29th, 2008 11:13 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to know you, Sarah.
lindajsingleton
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
It's wonderful how your life has blossomed just since we were SCBWI roomies.

Shine and share all your creativity and joy.

Linda
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