Anjum Coffland describes going through a divorce and her husband killing her two teenage daughters Tiffany and Brittany before shooting her in the legs and then killing himself. After the murders, Anjum went into survival mode and gets through it day by day. She pushes herself in hopes that she will be with her girls again one day. She advocates for changing gun laws so that it is not as easy for someone to get a gun when they are going through a divorce and in an upset state of mind. She believes that one phone call could have saved her family. She acknowledges that it takes time to heal and encourages anyone going through something similar to keep going, keep pushing. “Don’t give up on yourself,” she says.
Grow Through It: Health Issues & Illness and Loss & Grief
Joelle Wright-Terry, retired Detroit police officer and hospice chaplain, tells her story of surviving COVID and becoming a COVID widow. She grew through it by the grace of God. She learned how to trust in God, survive, and take over her husband’s business. She encourages everyone to take everyday as it comes and tell your loved ones you love them.
Gabriel Nathan, Editor of OC87 Recovery Diaries, describes the loss of a dream when he pursued a career in law enforcement in his 20s, ultimately dropping out after failing a required physical test. Over time, he came to a place of acceptance, instead of disappointment.
Reverend Sharon Risher describes losing her mother, cousins and childhood friend in the Charleston, SC church shooting. She talks about her faith in God, herself and the support of friends and family helping her grow through it.
Jeffrey Veatch talks about losing his son Justin to an accidental drug overdose and growing through it by finding a way to turn his tragedy around and do good for others. Veatch created a school talk to tell Justin’s story and help students protect themselves and their friends.