We'd been married for almost eleven years. Our union had produced two healthy, beautiful children. Our lives were filled with the routines most people flourish on. There had been some rocky times like most couples experience, but overall my husband and I were living unassuming lives. We never anticipated our world could change in a short amount of time, but on a cold winter night at the beginning of January 2011 it did. Suffering from pain in his groin, Eric was sent by our family physician to a hospital thirty minutes from our home to get an ultrasound. Our doctor suspected a contortion of the right testicle, and he acted quickly. Upon further investigation, Eric was found to have two masses contained in his right testicle. The preceding months would test our strength as a couple. It was hands down the darkest period of our lives to date. I chose to document what we went through in the hopes our experience can give comfort to those on a similar journey. The battle against Testicular Cancer was one my husband won, but it's a battle my family will never forget. From the beginning, I've emphasized Testicular Cancer is to men what Breast Cancer is to women. Because more women are affected by Breast Cancer every year, than men are affected by Testicular Cancer, this disease gets publicized with greater frequency. By revealing the everyday struggles we encountered, and the hardships Eric faced as a cancer patient, I hope to educate, enlighten, and bring attention to a disease that affects thousands of men all over the world. I can't emphasize enough to every man how important yearly check-ups are to maintaining his well-being. Pain is an indication something's wrong and should never be ignored. Testicular Cancer is a fast growing threat many men could catch in time if they just make sure to look for the warning signs. I want to thank in advance all those choosing to read our story. It's a personal one that wasn't always easy for me to write down, but by doing so I knew I might be able to inspire others to fight when faced with a cancer diagnosis.

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A Sojourn in Hell focuses on the tragic romance of a young woman. Losing the love of her life in combination with a dysfunctional upbringing help to shape the subsequent decisions she makes.

It's a multigenerational tale spanning almost eighty years. From the Great Depression through WWII and beyond, the reader is witness to the changes one woman’s life undergoes as she becomes a wife, mother, and grandmother as well as the trials and tribulations her own children end up going through. Alcoholism, untimely deaths, physical and mental abuse, adultery, and life-long regrets abound in this heartbreaking character study of human emotions.

A Sojourn in Hell was the first manuscript I wrote back in 2009. The greater part of last year I revised it to be a much deeper, thought-provoking read! I thoroughly believe no one's life is supposed to be happy all the time, but I don't believe anyone should use "crutches" such as alcohol to deal with sorrow or stress.

Unfortunately, there are millions of dysfunctional families all over the world that are headed by individuals dissatisfied by life for whatever reason. These individuals take out their frustrations on the children they chose to bring into the world. By examining one such situation, I hope readers will learn there are always ramifications when unhealthy behaviors and attitudes are involved. It creates baggage that will have to be hauled around for the rest of someone's life. 

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Making Christmas a Meaningful Time of Year

Every year millions of parents feel the need to overindulge their children at Christmastime. No matter how many times they say they’re cutting back on their spending, they end up buying lots of toys and trinkets their kids will barely play with. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to see your children’s faces light up on Christmas morning when they discover their presents under the tree, too many parents rely on buying things in the false belief it will make their children happy.

If you ask most children, they would say they love getting new toys, but even they realize that while the new toys are nice to play with, spending time with their family is what’s more important. Parents just assume because their kids are asking Santa for lots of material things, that’s what they should be focusing on. With this type of mindset, it’s no wonder the true meaning of Christmas is lost for so many people.

Instead of thinking about what they can and should buy this year, wouldn’t it be amazing if people took the time to focus on setting up new traditions their kids would look forward to each and every year? It doesn’t have to involve elaborate trips to exciting places. It can be as simple as setting aside a day to bake Christmas cookies or creating Christmas crafts to give as presents to their children’s teachers.  

A few different ideas for families to try are: Pick a day to decorate your entire house and assign each child a different task. Not only will all of you be spending time together, but the decorating will get done sooner. Since Christmas is about giving, as well as receiving, volunteer to serve dinner at a local homeless shelter. This teaches your children not everyone is fortunate enough to have a home during the holidays. To further educate them about the art of giving, organize a bake sale and buy presents for the homeless residents with the proceeds. This will help to instill in young minds the fact they should always be appreciative for what they have.

Christmastime is one of the most festive times of the year and a time to create memories everyone can look back on and cherish. By taking the focus off of the material aspect of the holiday, the real meaning of it will take precedence. No one’s saying to forgo buying presents. After all, exchanging gifts is a wonderful part of the whole experience. In choosing to buy less, parents will not only save money, but it will teach their children there is a limit to how many toys they should get.