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‘This picture was taken 2 hours before I was bullied in front of my entire school. They made a mockery of me.’: Teen stands up against bullying, ‘I cheered in front of them with a smile’

“Friday afternoon, a group of kids decided to embarrass me. It was my senior year pep rally, my senior cheer night. This was the day they decided to put me down. Even after standing up for myself, they continued on with their foolish comments. I couldn’t stop wondering, ‘Why me?’ Then, I realized I was asking the wrong question. ‘Why do it at all?’ It doesn’t matter that it was done to me, it matters that it happened. It’s unacceptable.”

‘How can I smile when Justin is dead? How can I ever smile again?’: Mom feels immense ‘guilt’ for enjoying newborn son after husband’s sudden death by ‘stray bullet’

“I remember the exact moment I first smiled again after Justin died. I’d cried so much, I was caught off guard when it happened. I was a new mom. Instead of celebrating a life, I was mourning one. Days after our son was born, he was killed by a stray bullet. My friend was next to me, ‘Honey, it’s okay to smile at your baby.’ I protested. But then I realized, ‘OH MY GOD, I’M MISSING OUT ON MY BABY!’”

‘We came home from Disney and my daughter threw up a little. 20 hours later, she was dead.’: Mom loses daughter to Sepsis, performs ‘acts of kindness’ to honor daughter’s ‘light’

“I remember the doctor telling me he tried everything, but couldn’t restart her heart. I had to make the choice if they should continue or ‘let her go’. I said the hardest word I’ve ever had to say: okay. As they stopped compressions and the beeping slowed to a stop, I sang, ‘You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey.’ In that moment, I refused to let her light stop shining. I’d have to find a way to keep it alive.”

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