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Hey there! My name is Kat and I lost my mom in a car accident on April 14th, 2013. I was 18 years old and less than 2 months away from graduating high school. She was an alcoholic and was driving while intoxicated. Her neck broke and she died on impact. I found out when my mom’s friend knocked on my door with two police officers standing beside her.

My parents were divorced and my dad lived an hour away, so I went to live with my grandma. She was 82 when my mom passed and not in the best of health. Losing her daughter didn’t help and my grandma’s condition quickly decreased. I had no clue how sick she really was. I was home from college on fall break and before I knew it my grandma fell on the living room floor.

My mom’s sister and I rushed her to the hospital. She had suffered internal bleeding and needed surgery. The operation was successful but that night, my grandma became short of breath. The doctor couldn’t control the pain and breathing, so my family and I had to pick one or the other. Once the hurt was under control, my grandma was moved to palliative care.

I didn’t have a clue what that meant, but when I visited her there, she seemed to be doing better. Little did I know, my grandma was dying right before my eyes.

She passed away on October 12th, 2015. It was less than 5 days after I got home. I was 20 years old and had lost my mom and my grandma, which was basically my other mother.

A few months later, I turned 21 and began drinking heavily. I was at rock bottom. Without any idea what to do next, I started taking antidepressants like my physician suggested. There was no way I could cope with losing the two most important women in my life if I wasn’t mentally healthy.

During the course of the two years I was on medicine, I learned ways to manage my grief. Through yoga, self care, and creative expression of my emotions, I was able to heal on my own. I realized how much happiness my life could bring despite the unlucky hand I was dealt.

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