Stories by jfern

Well Worth the Wait

Well Worth the Wait

My journey to Marilyn Ringstaff and the Women of W.O.R.T.H. organization was not a short, easy trip, and though it was a struggle, it made me more appreciative of the wonderful work that Marilyn and her staff do for women everyday. It all began in March 2010 when the doctor uttered the words “cervical cancer.” […]

The Other Side of Me

“I never imagined this could happen to me.” Everyone says that but it is true. I would never have imagined this happening to me. To be abused by a complete stranger is emotionally tarnishing. Don’t get me wrong, I still live a great life. It has its ups and downs. This crime hasn’t completely disrupted […]

Taking the First Step

Taking the First Step

I first connected with the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth when I became pregnant with my oldest son. I was in the ninth grade, and my school counselor invited me to participate in the Commission’s Healthy Families Program. This program reached out to at-risk moms and offered services for up to the first […]

Bellies Filled With Hope

Bellies Filled With Hope

Today is a day of thanks. It has been one year since I fought and won my battle with cancer. I never thought at 35, with four children, I would get a diagnosis that would threaten to take me away from my children. My entire life has been a struggle. I believe my struggles and […]

It's Never Too Late

It’s Never Too Late

My name is Theresa; I have a story to tell. I was born in Ohio, and when a young child, my family moved to Florida. To call my family dysfunctional would be an understatement. My father was an alcoholic and an abuser. My mother lived in fear of him and would never stand up to […]

A New Day for Angel

As my daughter Angel neared high school, I became more nervous for her knowing graduation was four short years away. What would she do for interaction? How would I occupy her time and keep her engaged? Most people would say college or work, but my Angel is unique. She is developmentally disabled. College and work, […]

Ready, Willing, and Stable

Ready, Willing, and Stable

Without the Rome, Georgia chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), I’d probably still be floating around going nowhere fast. Before NAMI, my life was never exactly what you’d call stable. As a child, I moved around a lot. I bounced from parent to parent, and even when my two sisters and I […]

The American Dream

It was a hot and stifling night. As I lay drifting off to sleep, my mind wandered back to my home in Japan and the life of a young lady.  One day she met a young American soldier. The more he talked, and the more she listened, the more fascinated she became with his language […]

Southern Hospitality and Love

Southern Hospitality and Love

There was a lot of trauma that I went through as a child, an adolescent, and even as an adult.  The type of trauma that I experienced was the type that no child wants to experience, but I did not have a choice.  At the age of ten, one of my family members began to […]

Finding Life After Death

Finding Life After Death

I met my first husband, James, while I was studying to become a nurse, and he was in seminary. We fell for each other instantly and got married a few years later. Several churches, many years of nursing and four children later, I was presented with a job opportunity at Heyman HospiceCare in 1992. After […]