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Mar18
2016

Celebrate With Us: #TWLOHA10 Response Cards

By To Write Love on Her Arms

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been celebrating 10 years of TWLOHA by looking back on our history, reading old blog posts, and reminiscing about some of our favorite memories.

But now we want to hear from you.

After all, we wouldn’t have anything to celebrate without you: your support, your donations, and your desire to help us carry out our mission.

We asked a few former and current employees to answer our four #TWLOHA10 response card prompts, and we’ve included those below. You’ll also find links to the response cards that you can print and fill out on your own. Once you do, please post them on Twitter and Instagram and include our #TWLOHA10 hashtag so we can see them.

Thanks for being a part of all of this.

Thanks for everything you’ve done to challenge the stigma surrounding mental illness and provide a message of hope for those struggling.

Thanks for celebrating with us.

We can’t wait to read your responses.

TWLOHA was there for me when:

“TWLOHA was there for me when I began to realize that keeping my struggle with infertility quiet was no different than someone silencing their battle with depression. We were both broken, for different reasons, but both caught in a world where shame kept on winning. When I decided to take a chance and share my story, everything I thought I had lost came running back. Hope. Love. Support. And the strength to keep fighting.”

– Jessica Haley, Director of Operations

Print out your “TWLOHA was there for me when” response card.

I found out about TWLOHA:

“In Relevant magazine, October 2006. It was a 5-question feature with Jamie. Black background, the title tee, and Sharpie notes and names on his arm. A Myspace URL written at the bottom. I read the backlog of blogs for the six months leading up to that point. I found that copy of the magazine a couple years ago when cleaning out old things at my mom’s house. I recycled most of those issues, but I couldn’t part with that one. That single page was too significant a beginning to toss away.”

– Whitney Wilson, former TWLOHA employee

Print out your “I found out about TWLOHA” response card.

My favorite TWLOHA memory is:

​”When I attended my first Heavy and Light in January of 2009. I wasn’t on staff with TWLOHA at the time, so I was standing in the crowd experiencing the power of the evening with the other thousand people in the room. I still have a vivid memory of how full my heart felt during the event, how hopeful I was for the people in the room struggling, and for my story that had so many chapters yet to unfold. The most powerful part of the event was watching Denny Kolsch share his story with addiction. Denny and I were dating at the time, and I was standing right next to his mom. As he shared so honestly and vulnerably, I could sense her reliving the pain that she felt during his 3-year journey of addiction and realizing how sweet it was to celebrate that he was now 5 years sober. It was both heartache and hope at the same time. Denny and I got married about a year later, and his story has become part of my story. TWLOHA is not only where I work, but the reason I have hope for his sobriety, for our family, and for those in our community.”

– Lindsay Kolsch, Operations Coordinator

Print out your “My favorite TWLOHA memory is” response card.

Ten years from now I hope to:

“Continue to be floored by the values of community and humility. I hope I will never forget that I am here by the grace of so many others whom I can never repay. I hope my life reflects the love that sustained me through the years.”

– Chad Moses, Music & Events

Print out your “Ten years from now I hope to” response card.

 

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  1. Darquetta

    I’m struggling… I been having a few too many bad nights and this girl I met in a day treatment program at Mclaren thinks that I could have PTSD. Things are starting to resurface. Like I’ve been bursting into tears here and there. Actually did it again last night. I cried myself to sleep on the couch. I keep having dreams about my mom and other stuff. The stuff is getting old and I’m tired of it. I’ve also been having to face some strong emotions, unpleasant dreams and among other things again. I have a therapist and a psychiatrist that I see but I don’t see them until next week. I am starting to think that I don’t think that it ever truly gets better. I think I just get stronger and learn how to deal with it better which the process of that is really hard. I’ve been having panic attacks and my anxiety has been so bad. I’ve been having nightmares and flashbacks like crazy, everything is just getting too much and I don’t know what to do anymore. I don’t know if I need better meds or my dose need to be increased or what. I dreamt that my mom’s boyfriend ended up in court along with my entire family for beating me in the head and other stuff. And I end up with a protection order against him and my entire family was upset with me. I mean it happened but it wasn’t from him. It was my sister that did it but she never got in trouble for it and it happened years ago. Stuff from my past keeps coming up and it’s getting really tiresome.

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    1. TWLOHA

      Hi Darquetta – We’d love to connect with you. Can you email us at info@twloha.com?

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  2. Raenie

    I found out about this site because of the movie that i had watched. My friend had told me to watch the movie. I struggle with a lot but the movie helped me with a lot of stuff. I FREAKING love this

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