Brave Girl

Heaven gained one of the most beautiful souls I have ever met at 2:15 AM yesterday morning, it was a bittersweet day.
JoAnne Franzenburg was the definition of strength, courage and grace. If you had the pleasure of meeting her you will know exactly what I am talking about.
Last Spring I called to check on her and she was having a hard day, but she refused to sit in the darkness (even though she had every right to). She mentioned the word “tattoo” and off we went! She picked this beautiful butterfly tattoo, and we chose different colored ribbons for causes dear to our hearts. I wear my on my wrist and she placed hers on her back next to the word “fearless.” I am grateful for that day and all of the many others we shared.
When I entered into recovery years ago she gave me a beautiful keychain with the serenity prayer engraved on it. I have carried it with me every since, just as I will carry her in my heart always. JoAnne that prayer and friends like you are the reason I was able to graduate from college yesterday. One day at a time, dreams really do come true.
Thank you for being my sister in so many ways and thank you for all you brought this life. Though you are no longer with us here on this earth, YOU DID BEAT THIS. You refused to let it rob you of anything else. I love you and will miss you brave girl, rest in peace.

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Angel-versary – May 9, 1990

Though this day left an empty space

In this world and in our hearts

You entered into our father’s arms

Somewhere . . . Miles apart

I smile as I imagine

How beautiful that must have been

You standing before the Almighty

Free from this earthly sin

I think about you daily

Wonder what it’s like where you are

Sometimes I feel your presence

Just as the moon accompanies the stars

This earth did not stop spinning

Even though it felt like it had

So many things have happened

I sure miss you Dad

I hope you are proud

Of the woman I am today

You remain in my heart

Always there to stay

I carry you with me always

In everything that I do

And your beautiful grandson

He knows you too

Cast a line for us

Into that heavenly water

And smile that beautiful smile

Always . . . Your daughter

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Dallas Overnight Walk

Aside from having my son this was the most moving experience of my life. I never thought it was possible to find anything good in something so tragic and painful.
To each and every one of you, old friends and new, I hope you had a safe journey home and feel the love and strength that is within you. Your loved ones will live on because of you, and so will someone else’s because of your determination to fight suicide. Keep marching on!
Local people, we will walk again this Saturday at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, check-in is at 8:00 am. Please come if you are able.
Also, feel free to share or tag yourself in this video.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER ALWAYS

1-(800) 273-TALK (8255)
www.afsp.org
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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