Florence Williams on Growing Through Heartbreak

Grow Through It: Romance & Heartache

Florence Williams, author of Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey, describes meeting her husband on her first day of college. Thirty-two years later, he said he wanted out of their marriage. This unexpected midlife heartbreak sent her reeling physically, emotionally and existentially. As a science writer, she researched what was happening to her and how she could heal. What she learned guided her to a three-part recovery, resulting in post-traumatic growth.

Dese’Rae Stage on Surviving a Suicide Attempt


Grow Through It: Romance & Heartache

Dese’Rae Stage, creator of Live Through This, a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, describes growing through a suicide attempt with the support of friends, family, therapy, medication — and with self-knowledge.