The Journey Begins

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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My name is Melissa Shelly and I am a 46 year old mom who lives in Newtown Square, PA. I never thought of myself as mighty but when my 14 year old son, Michael was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer on August 18, 2014, everyone kept telling me how strong I was. Three years later on August 12, 2017, my 20 year old son, Andrew died instantly in a car accident. Again, people kept saying I was so strong and I actually hated when people would say that to me! I have heard 100 times “I could never do what you’re doing....if my child died I wouldn’t be able to function!”. That’s what I thought about myself until it was me! I didn’t ask to be handed these tragedies & painful traumatic events and I never felt I had a choice....I had to be a mighty leader!! I am a mother of three children and a wife to a wonderful man. We needed to survive and keep hope alive in our hearts! I wish I never had to be strong....but unfortunately we don’t control many things in our lives; however, we can control how we deal with them. It isn’t easy and I have some really bad days but I continue to work on healing and living my life with meaning and purpose. I want to share my pain and my successes with anyone who wants to walk beside me!

3 thoughts on “The Journey Begins”

  1. Love this Mighty Melissa! I am so amazed that in the depth of your grief, you are reaching out to others to not just receive support, but to give it! I feel so blessed to have met u and call u my friend❤️

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  2. It is so inspirational to here your story my heart goes out to you and mike and the kids there is not a day that goes by i don’t think of you and mike. God bless

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