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My Abusive Mom Died on Mother’s Day

How I found beauty and connection in pain and loss

Photo by Jacinta Christos on Unsplash

Twelve years ago on Mother’s day, my mother was dying. It was sad and painful and beautiful.

The day before Thanksgiving in 2008, my mom was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. She was given six months to live. One week later, I pulled my kids — then seven and five — out of school and…

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