My life changed dramatically and forever when I lost TJ.

I welcome you to follow along as I adjust to my "new normal".

It is not all puppies and ice cream but it is my life....real and honest.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Memories come in many different shapes and forms. The things that can trigger a memory are numerous...a smell, a song, a book, a movie or television show and sometimes they just happen. There are childhood memories, high school memories, college memories, early adulthood memories, memories of finding that one true love and memories of your children.

I have lots of TJ memories, we spent 16 years creating memories. No, not all are good memories. It is impossible to put two stubborn, head strong, independent people together and not expect some volatility, but we did love each other very much and I have many more good memories than bad ones.

The memories that hit me the hardest are those that come out of the blue. It is usually a day that I am merrily going along in my new life and BAM!!!!!!!! I have a deja vu moment. The memory coursing through my entire body...I feel it everywhere. Suddenly I can no longer think about anything else, I become almost transfixed, I retreat into my own little world. The memory seems so real, so vivid, TJ is with me...I feel as though I could reach out and touch him. Then just as quickly as the memory came about it is gone. I am neither sad nor happy for a moment, I just keep trying to replay what just happened again and again in my head but it is no longer as intense and real. Then, depending on the memory I sometimes cry and I sometimes laugh and sometimes I even say out loud, "Holy hell, that was fun wasn't it TJ?!"

I don't have any idea what triggers these kind of intense memories. When I reflect upon them I can't find anything happening at that moment that would trigger the particular memory. I never had these kind of intense memories about my Father when he passed nor do I have them about my Mother.

The intensity was somewhat frightening at first but I now welcome it. I believe these intense memories will not last forever so I have chosen to accept and even embrace them. I will always have the memories that TJ and I created together, although the intensity may diminish. I will cherish them for the rest of my life even as I move forward in creating new memories.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.


  1. Hi Sandy;
    Beautiful post. Stopping by because we got drunk together last night and I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Terri, so nice to meet you!
    As for those memories, I can't begin to imagine your feelings when the memories come, but I can say to embrace them. Keep them in your heart. Your new memories will not replace the old ones....only compliment them.

  2. Just embrace whatever fills your memory bank.


  3. Hi Sandy, What a beautiful heart-felt post. Grief is a journey that I am sure is taking a toll on you. Writing down your feelings is bound to help. And we can learn so much from you.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sorry if I scared you with my latest post title. Ron is actually doing pretty well. He is on a maintenance Chemo. Cancer is very slow growing. We'll know more after the 20th, but for now- every day is a gift.

  4. Like Terri, I cannot imagine what you have been through and are still going through. I think it's good that you have such wonderful memories---and that those keep you going, looking up. I can relate to that part. Thank you for coming over to my blog, and I appreciate your honesty here and your willingness to share what you are going through.

    p.s. I'm a new follower!
    big hugs,

  5. Memories are beautiful and insidious. Loved this post.


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