If Only It Were Different

We all have expectations and dreams but, sadly, life doesn’t always allow their fulfillment. For some of us wedding bells don’t herald a bright new future. For others, the children whom we cherish cause devastating unhappiness. These are the stories of smashed hopes and courageous responses.

There’s the heartbreak of losing a beloved daughter-in-law when her mate, your child, leaves her. One writer triumphs over spousal abuse and manages to break free. Another writer loses her parents when they abandon her because she made life choices they won’t accept. And if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to feel your ability to cope slipping through your fingers, one of our writers will tell you about it.