when you get the news. the bad news. the news that changes everything and nothing will ever be the same again. you were just living your life when all of a sudden it hits out of nowhere. the world has crumbled around your feet and you sit in the middle of it, devastated…wondering how you can possibly move, let alone take a shower, pay another bill or fix dinner tonight.

your feelings begin to vacillate between desperation, apathy, fear, sadness and anger. then all of a sudden a ray of light breaks through. it might take days or weeks or months, but you feel it–a flicker of happiness. and you wonder, maybe, just maybe there might be a chance that there can be joy in the midst of this heart wrenching pain. and you have hope.