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  • To my best friend, Tonia...

    Dear Tonia,

    At 14 years old, I played soccer for a premier travel team. Most of my teammates played on my age group’s Olympics Development Program team. However, I didn’t play ODP because I wanted to play lacrosse with my school friends in the spring. Thanks, in part, to that decision, the travel coach, who ran both teams, cut me. I was crushed…read more

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  • shelleybrill shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's EmpowermentWomen's Empowerment group 1 week, 1 day ago

    We All Need a Cheerleader

    Dear Lauren,
    Ever since you were a small child you were always extremely chatty. I was lucky to be the recipient of your words of wisdom. When you were a teenager I was working in New York City working with some really amazing physicians. I was intimidated by these colleagues that I actually had to teach. I had to give them very detailed…read more

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    • aww mommy! I love you! And I told you that you were smart because YOU ARE!! You just needed to believe in yourself. I love watching you grow and seeing you venture out of your comfort zone. It’s cool to see you start to believe and see your own brilliance. I love you and will never stop telling you how smart and beautiful you are (inside and out).

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      • Dear Lauren,
        I miss and love you too! I will try to make you proud of me. I am always proud of you and all you do with The Unsealed as well as helping other people in need. You are a bright star in my world and you light up this world with your beautiful writing talent. Continue to spread your positivity.
        Love,
        Mom

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        • A multi-generational family of scribblers! Hurrah!

          Contemplating M and Y

          Insignificant alone, joined together,
          M and Y form a bond that is hard to pry apart.
          My child moves me to the core.
          Deeply felt, it draws upon instincts
          passed down from ancient ancestors,
          fossil remnants suggesting a common bond.

          My child transforms into its own…read more

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  • To the Woman Who Gave Me a Professional Purpose

    Dear Margaret Sanger,
    Many years ago I was hired as a pharmaceutical representative to sell birth control. At the time, I did not give much thought as to how fortunate women are when it comes to deciding when they will birth a baby. But at some point I got curious. When did contraception become available to women in this country? To my…read more

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    • Shelley,
      I remember when I did my own research on Margaret Sanger. Conversations that I had with my Mom propelled me towards the pro choice advocacy I have today. When I first learned of the doctors plea to actually abort me due to the extreme risk to her life my birth presented I immediately researched all I could. Empowering women with a choice…read more

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      • Hi Roger,
        It so comforting to know there are other people out there who understand the importance of reproductive freedom and reproductive choice. This freedom adds to the health and safety of women. I do hope more people in this country start to see that there are many life threatening gynecological situations that require medical…read more

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        • My Mom shaped a lot of the things in my life. Her half brother was a gay man in his life. He faced nearly impossible torment in his life. My Mom was his best ally and advocate. It shaped my support of the LGBT community. Her experiences and lessons stay with me and close to my heart always. She was someone to really behold.

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  • shelleybrill shared a letter in the Group logo of Chasing Your DreamsChasing Your Dreams group 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    One Teacher Can Make All the Difference

    Dear Mrs.Shumsky,
    When I entered your 4th grade class way back in the fall of 1960 I was the most quiet, shy and insecure little girl. So shy, I never spoke to any adults ever except my parents and grandparents.My teachers leading up to 4th grade were cold and distant and probably did not like me because I was a weak student with very…read more

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  • To the professor who changed my life

    Dear Professor Abzug,

    When I walked into your Women and Leadership class at Columbia University in the fall of 2006, I expected to learn about women’s history, engage in interesting conversations, and write about famous leaders. But as it turns out, you and your class left me with so much more than I could have ever anticipated.

    Before y…read more

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    • I grewup when Bella Abzug was a very active politician and a stellar example of feminism at its best. Feminism does not mean hating men, but promoting and accepting women as much as men. Strong women like Bella Abzug led a way and demonstrated how to not back down. How lucky you were to have a class with her son!

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      • It was her daughter!! Liz is amazing!!! She made me feel like I could change the world and now I am trying to do so. We had her on one of our weekly conversations. Maybe we will have her on again and you will get to meet her. Thank you for all your support. I appreciate you!! Hope your weekend went well!

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  • Fighting the Worrying Beast and Beating it Down

    Dear Worrier,
    How frustrating to feel like a basket case all the time. Most people, as they age develop a laisez fair attitude. They have lived the majority of the life and they are still able to take a breath. But not me. A few years ago in my early sixties I noticed I started to look at the dark side of life. I always worried I would…read more

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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 4 weeks, 1 day ago

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    Dear Anxiety, You are my Achilles heel

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  • shelleybrill shared a letter in the Group logo of Chasing Your DreamsChasing Your Dreams group 1 month ago

    How I surprised myself when I became a stripper in a high school play

    I remember when I was a little girl, about 8 years old I watched a movie with Marilyn Monroe. I thought she was so beautiful and glamorous. I decided I wanted to be an actress. This was the very last career suited for an extremely shy child who never spoke to any adults except her parents. But something about being on stage or in front of a camera…read more

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    • Shelley,

      The allure of the theater is something I also share. Like you my very shy and timid personality kept me from being very popular at school. After high school a local theater company was doing a production of The Phantom of the Opera. I decided this was the time I would step out of my shell. I remember clearly a few of the people who were…read more

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  • How my dream started

    Dear Unsealers,

    I remember the exact day I started to dream about my future. It was 1995, a year after the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup. My dad took me to Game 4 of the second round of the postseason. The Rangers were playing the Philadelphia Flyers. New York was down 3-0 in the series, and we went to the game hoping we’d witness the b…read more

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  • Feeling Grateful for The Unsealed

    Dear Unsealers,
    This has been a difficult week for our country. I feel like we are more divided then ever. I am glad I can safely express my myself here at The Unsealed. Everyone needs an emotional outlet and that outlet is different for everyone. But I like being here and telling you all that I am grateful that we are kind to each other…read more

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  • MEET ROGER

    Dear Unsealers

    Meet Roger! Roger lost his mother when he was 23 years old. Ever since, he has struggled with grief, anxiety and depression. He misses his mother who was a source of love and comfort in his life. One of his favorite memories of his mom is seeing her joy when she watched him perform in his first band concert in high school.

    While…read more

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    • @oneturbobenz
      Dear Roger,
      It is always so painful to lose someone you love who is so very close to you. Their spirit and light is always with you. I feel your pain. I have lost both my dear parents and this loss is felt every day. But I will say that I always try to live each day with purpose and happiness because I know that is what my…read more

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      • @shelleybrill I have been trying to get to that point. I changed jobs 3 times since October of 2020 in an attempt to find peace at work. My current job brings me back to the industry my Father spent 42 years working in. My Mother went through a lot of hard times with him always out on the road. My Mother never got her drivers license and so going…read more

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  • I am so grateful to my family,

    Dear Unsealers,
    Recently I had surgery and it was a bit scary. It’s behind me now. I could not have gone thru this process without the support of my dear family. Thank you to my amazing children, Andrew and Lauren, for immediately stepping up and helping Dad and I make the right decision as to which way to proceed. Your research and i…read more

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    • Dear Shelley,

      That’s great that your surgery is behind you. It’s always great to have the support of our loved ones to help us through a tough time. I’m glad you had your children to help you and your husband make the right decisions on what to do. It must be a huge relief to have that behind you. Hopefully, you won’t have another surgery for a…read more

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      • Hello Gerald,
        Thank you for your kind words. I am having a relaxing summer recuperating. I am getting stronger each day. You are correct. I am very relieved the surgery is behind me. I hope you are having a nice summer. Stay safe and well. I wish you and your family health and happiness. I hope to see you on our next zoom meeting on…read more

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        • Hello Shelley,
          You’re welcome. I’m glad you’re having a relaxing summer and you’re getting stronger every day. I’m having a good summer so far, thank you! I’m really excited to use my vacation time next week! It’s time for another trip to the beach! I wish you and your family health and happiness too. Be safe out there! I should be at the next…read more

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  • Dear Sean, My Heart Is Hurting

    Dear Sean,

    Our friendship began the night we met. It was August 12, 2018 in downtown Cleveland. My friends and I ended up at a table at FWD nightclub with you and your friends. Thanks to your charm, and that handsome face, we immediately clicked.

    In a short time, I realized there was so much more to you than your good looks and your sweet…read more

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    • Lauren,

      First off I’m so very sorry for this loss. Sean, from everything you’ve written, was an extraordinary man. This tribute is both heartbreaking and inspiring to read. It is heartbreaking because a great man and Father was taken from this life so very soon. Reading what you’ve written is inspiring however also. It shows the profound impact…read more

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    • Dear Lauren:
      Today is Glioblastoma #GBM Day and as we shine the light on this devastating disease, I want to express my appreciation to you for using your platform – The Unsealed – to write this beautiful and poignant letter to my son Sean who at age 40, left us last month, too soon due to GBM. We are heartbroken.

      Your letter captured the e…read more

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      • Dear Janet,

        I’m so sorry for the loss of Sean. I can’t imagine how much this loss has hurt. GBM is such a terrible disease. I wish it wasn’t a thing that takes such amazing people like Sean from us so soon.

        I want to let you know that I will be making a donation in Sean’s honor to one of the causes you linked above. Of all the things I try to…read more

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  • shelleybrill shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 2 months, 1 week ago

    I broke thru my insecurities in “Gypsy”

    Dear Teens,
    As a teenager, I too struggled with low self-esteem and insecurities. In high school I would watch other more confident students run for student government, try out for sports teams, cheerleading squad or audition for school plays. I never felt smart enough or athletic enough or even pretty enough to succeed at anything I…read more

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    • Dear Shelley,

      That takes major courage to play a stripper in a play. To sing and dance in front of 1000 people. Wow! I would had 100 panic attacks trying to stay calm on stage. That’s so cool you gain a lot of confidence after performing that part. I was asked to be a part of a church play when I was 16. But, my insecurity stopped me from being a…read more

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      • Hi Gerald, Thank you for your words of encouragement. I am sure that you have more then made up for whatever activities you missed put on in n high school. Its never too late to be in n a play or do the intimidating things we were all afraid to try in high school. I am sure you would have been great then but you will be even better now. Always…read more

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        • You’re very welcome, Shelley. And thank you for your encouraging words. Reading your reply gives me the hope to try new things (even if they’re scary). I love that sentence you wrote about how I’m much stronger and accomplished than I am in my head. I need to remind myself that more and more. Sometimes, self-doubt finds a way into my head and it…read more

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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of Introductions, Icebreakers and PromptsIntroductions, Icebreakers and Prompts group 2 months, 2 weeks ago

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    What is your favorite compliment?

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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of Introductions, Icebreakers and PromptsIntroductions, Icebreakers and Prompts group 2 months, 2 weeks ago

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    What makes you proud?

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  • A rainbow to you is what rain is to me

    Dear Ashley @ashley_topham,

    I read your story about the rainbow and your father. It is such a beautiful memory. Sometimes, I think the universe implants these memories in us so when are loved ones leave us, they have ways they can send us little reminders that they are still with us.

    My grandfather always said that rain was good luck. Since I…read more

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    • Dear Lauren, @theunsealed

      The story about the rain and the connection it has to your late grandfather is beautiful. It’s amazing how people can have that connection show back up in their life after their loved one passed away. I whole heartedly believe that it is our loved ones letting us know they are still there. I love how it also deals with…read more

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      • Aww I loved that. I think it’s so true. It’s so comforting when you can feel the presence of someone that you lost. I have so many weird stories that are too coincidental to truly be just coincidences. Or at least I think so. Love and connection never dies. And through magic I think people find a way to connect with you even after their lives are…read more

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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of Introductions, Icebreakers and PromptsIntroductions, Icebreakers and Prompts group 2 months, 2 weeks ago

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    What's the best compliment you've received?

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  • shelleybrill shared a letter in the Group logo of Current EventsCurrent Events group 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Let us work together

    Dear Unsealers,
    The last couple of days have brought so much sadness to our country. Seeing so many young beautiful people lose their life so horrifically is too much to bear. On top of that, I feel so much frustration. Is there not anything we can do to change the trajectory of this awful problem. Is there no common ground to change something to…read more

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    • I wish there was a way to help many people around the world from the power of gun violence. In my mind I always asked myself; Why do we as citizens need guns? Especially when half of the people who had guns only has it now to protect themselves against another person with a gun. Why couldn’t they just keep guns in the military and then when t…read more

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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of Introductions, Icebreakers and PromptsIntroductions, Icebreakers and Prompts group 2 months, 3 weeks ago

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    Icebreaker: What's your favorite childhood memory?

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