I was a good person, but I didn't know how to advocate for me or my child.
Twenty-four years ago, I went through a bitter divorce, and due to low self-worth and
being ruled by guilt and shame, I gave custody of my only daughter to her dad, totally
betraying myself and Maddie (2 years old).
Over the years, Maddie was put in the middle of our bitter love triangle.
She was taught that it wasn't safe to love certain people, like her stepdad,
and to call me "Mommy Angie."
Maddie moved in with me when she was 13 years old. We were all excited,
but she felt guilty for leaving her dad's family. She had cystic fibrosis (CF), and the stress of being in the middle exacerbated her illness. She felt abandoned by both her dad and me. Tragically, Maddie gave up her battle with CF when she was 22 years old and died on 10/26/18.
Although I was devastated to lose her, I have moved forward with Maddie as my Angel Guide. I learned to never abandon myself for someone else's agenda, to turn my pain into progress,to be a Loving Self-Advocate, to stand up for myself and to heal my heart from the trauma of divorce and loss.
After my painful divorce experience, I vowed to help as many women as possible avoid making my mistakes. That's why I created this gathering.