Wednesday, August 17, 2005


At 11:48 PM, josephine said...

Dear Vanessa,

Hi, it's Jo. I think you remember me from school. Alex and I are still very much in touch, in fact, I spoke to her today. Wanted to send you an email, but your link doesn't work! Long story so won't go into details for now, but just wanted you to know I just finished reading your book and had a good therapuetic cry. Only 2 years older than you, but bringing up a grandchild brain damaged through child abuse...every day is a struggle, but reading your book made me again so grateful for his life. I went and hugged him asleep in bed - my beautiful, lovable, broken boy. I was just so glad he was still with us. I felt so much for you, and felt all our different forms of grief, but also all our grace and our (mixed) blessings. Just wanted you to know that the gratitude I felt - in the middle of so much stress - was surely one of Layla's gifts.

Thank you and love

Please email me if you wish.


At 12:25 AM, Athena said...

I'm a loss mom who stumbled upon your site. My youngest son Nolan died in June due to SIDS. You wrote one thing that really touched my heart... "You never forget and the loss lives on as part of who you are, but peace and happiness can one day be part of your life again." I sooo want to believe that. I was always a happy optimistic person and now I can't be. I just can't. I hate that my inner core has changed and I long for a day in the future when I can know peace again.

My loss is too raw, too new for me to read your book or watch the documentaries but I hope I can some day. I would love to add your blog to my favorites but you would have to continue blogging. ;)

At 1:51 PM, Rebecca said...

Dear Vanessa,
I hope this works had a little trouble creating an account (what is a URL???).
I finished Layla's Story this afternoon I stayed in bed 2 days in a row reading and my eyes are all bloodshot, puffy and sore.
Thankyou for this memoir. When I finished "nightmares" pgs131-143 was so upset I just sat and cried for over an hour (and I don't even know you, so weird) as soon as I had recomposed myself from blubbering child back to 26 year old woman I rang my younger brother to see how his not even 1 month old daughter was doing.
I'm very childless and not even sure I'm unselfish enough to have them. I do however love babies and am the first person to swoon over my friends when they say they are expecting.
I recently applied to go to university to study Midwifery and after reading your book am sure it's the calling for me.
Once again thankyou for being the beautifully enlighted person you are and for sharing your family and experiences with the world.
P.S. In the event of sounding totally morbid feel free not to reply but is there somewhere I can go to get a copy of the DVD?


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