Look at my beautiful sister.
See how happy we all are in these pictures?
Dad and Lisa on Dad's birthday. New Year's Eve 1996, our last together. Five months later she took herself from us. ~1981 Christmas picture with our dog Cuddles. Mom, Lisa, and Dad. Lisa in her nursing uniform when she graduated from Mason. Lisa and me at Kansas City BBQ playing the piano from "Top Gun." Mom and Lisa at Mom's 50th.
This is all we have. Pictures. There will never be new pictures. There will only be these.
My sister was lost in a darkness from which she could see only one way out. Her suicide sent me into a darkness that took a long, long time for me to escape.
I carried guilt, sorrow, and anger with me, invisible boulders tied around my neck. I changed into someone I didn’t know and didn’t like. I felt abandoned and alone.
My steps to healing began while I was training for the first Out of the Darkness Overnight walk, which was in DC in 2002. It helped bring the truth of my sister’s suicide out into the light.
The first Out of the Darkness Overnight was 26.2 miles. My best friend walked with me. When the Overnight returned to DC in 2013, I walked about 18 miles alone yet with hundreds of people. I have done several Community Walks, which are short, no more than 3 miles, and take place during the day.
The Overnight has returned to DC and I will walk all night in honor of my sister and to raise awareness and to prevent others from experiencing what happened to my family.
I need your help.
Please support me as I take an amazing journey. The Out of the Darkness Overnight Experience is an 16-18 mile walk over the course of one night. Net proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, funding research, advocacy, survivor support, education, and awareness programs--both to prevent suicide and to assist those affected by suicide.
Peace, Love, and Eternal Grooviness,