‘Before I put her to bed, her face turned pale. She was screaming in pain. My husband read the word ‘leukemia,’ and I had this sickening feeling. The inevitable truth was seeping into our lives.’ Mom gets hit with triple diagnosis: Down Syndrome, Leukemia, & Typhlitis

“A few hours after going to the doctor, I was out shopping with my husband. He handed me the phone. ‘It’s the pediatrician.’ My heart stopped. Why was he calling so soon? And why was HE calling and not the nurse this time?! Then, he said the words I’d been fearing since Tessa’s birth. I didn’t have the strength to stand. I fell to my knees. I had no idea how to move forward.”

‘People look at me and my 4 kids and assume I’m just giving mom some ‘kid-free’ time. I just laugh.’: Man becomes full-time dad after emotional divorce, realizes kids need ‘all of him’

“I began to get random phone calls about my wife’s nighttime activities. ‘She’s my soul mate. She’ll come around,’ I’d tell myself. She started hinting at divorce, but I’d stop the conversation dead in its tracks. Then, she stopped showing up. The defining moment for me was seeing all of my kids asleep at the front door, hoping to see their mom if she happened to come home that night. My babies needed me to be strong for them.”