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Survivor of poverty, rape, domestic violence, divorce, severe mental illness in family, estrangement, depression, anxiety … and then, the loss by suicide of my 21-year-old son, Jacob. A middle-aged mother taking shelter near the sea, striving to continue breathing and living. A writer who believes our words have the power to flush out the rage, apply balm to trauma, and help us survive through the sharing of stories.

To protect the privacy of her own family and others who’ve endured heinous pain, Jessica has changed the names of and declines to post photographs of herself, her son, and the other real people about whom she writes.