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‘Take your son and I’ll find you, trust me, I’ll find you.’ He held a gun to me while pregnant.’: Mom learns ‘self-defense’ as black belt after ‘surviving’ domestic abuse, urges women to know there is ‘a better life’

“Then came my escape. It was tricky, but I planned it well. My father was dying of brain cancer, and my husband had beaten me for going to my father’s funeral. It was time. I finally had a chance to escape with my child. You are worth fighting for. I need to let others know – there is an escape, a better life.”

‘We are not your ‘typical’ family. We are white parents with a black child.’: Mom sends heartfelt letter to teacher ‘advocating’ for her black son this school year

“Eli is usually the only black student in his classroom. We are not a ‘colorblind’ family. Eli’s hair is a big part of who he is and how he expresses himself. Please don’t let anyone touch it without his permission. Please provide him with colored paper, pencils or markers that represents his skin color. Not many teachers in our small town think about this subject.”

‘Please Mom, don’t do that, you’ll kill yourself,’ my son pleaded. The ladder was too far from the window.’ Mom’s harrowing journey finding daughter overdosed

“‘Feel better, Mom. I love you.’ She hung up. The following morning, her door was locked, but her window was open. It was a rainy, stormy day. I was petrified. Something was wrong. I ran outside and climbed the metal ladder in thunder, lightning. Looking in, I was in shock. My daughter was lying face down.”

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