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  • My grandparents filled my heart with love.

    Dear Grandma Urdang and Grandpa Urdang,
    Growing up Mom and Dad took me almost every weekend to visit you in Greenich Village. We either drove into the city or in later years came down the palisade parkway to visit you on the very cool west 4 th street in the west village. You lived in a 100 year old nyc city historic landmark apartment…read more

    Shelley Brill
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    • Shelley,

      Hearing you say words in Yiddish last night brought out such a great memory. Years ago when I worked for the local newspaper I ate breakfast and some days lunch at local deli, Kravitz deli. The memories I have from there are endless. So much history was talked about there and a lot of people would say words I didn’t understand at the…read more

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  • shelleybrill responded to a letter in group Poetry 1 week, 1 day ago

    Dear Antoinette,
    Your poem is so touching and truthful. I am sorry you had to go thru so much abuse, trauma and sadness as such a young person, I am very happy your life is now on the right track and you are with a good man in a healthy relationship. I wish you all the best together.

    Best regards,
    Shelley

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  • A simple compliment can go a long way

    When I first started my career as a pharmaceutical sales rep i was not very confident. I had just finished my masters in psychological counseling. But at the completion of that degree I decided to take a different route. Mu first position in pharmaceuticals was with Mead Johnson. You were my very first manager. As a pharmaceutical sales person it…read more

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  • Dear Bk,
    You have gone thru many difficult situations but you have come out strong. I am so glad that the power of prayer and your love of writing has helped you to navigate life’s challenges. Keep up your faith and positivity and you will accomplish all you set out to do. I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors.

    Best r…read more

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  • Hello Jennifer,
    I was so happy to read the happy ending of your breast cancer journey. You navigated some extremely difficult days of your life but you came out strong and determined to succeed. You are an amazingly strong woman and you are not only a role model for your family but for all women as well. I wish you continued good…read more

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    • Jennifer, I cried reading you story. Breast cancer has touched my family more than once. It’s a tough battle and you faced it with strength and love. It was very selfless of you to tell your daughter to go to the school she planned, no matter how hard it was for you. And the faith you had while facing the unknown is truly inspirational.

      I am so g…read more

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  • Dear Natalya,
    Wow what an amazing letter you wrote. There is so much wisdom in your words. It sounds like life has thrown you a few punches but you have always gotten up and fought back. That is extremely impressive and important. You have set the bar very high for yourself and I am sure you will find great success in your life.…read more

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  • Dear MaryBeth,
    You have gone thru so much in your 27 years. I know its been a challenging journey for you. But you sound strong and determined to succeed in life. Do not let the obstacles you have faced prevent you from reaching your goals. I know you will continue to grow and accomplish great things in your life. Let us know how things…read more

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  • Hi Gerald,
    Your letter is so touching. You have so much to be proud of. You have overcome some obstacles in your life and come out on top. I know you will keep moving forward and be very successful in life. You are smart, brave and so nice. Tune out the negative noise and focus on all that is good in your life. Take care!

    Shelley

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    • Hi Shelley,
      Thank you so much. I appreciate your touching words (as always!). Thank you for the advice also. I’ve gotten better at tuning out the negative noise and focusing on the good that I’m blessed to have in my life like The Unsealed and connecting with kind-hearted people like yourself! You take care as well!

      Gerald

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      • Gerald this letter is absolutely powerful. I’m glad you were able to be the true gentlemen you came out to be and such a great writer at that. going through school is hard sometimes because you are always labeled as something and none truly appreciates such kind-hearted and gentle people like you. I’m so happy that you learned to love yourself and…read more

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        • Thanks, Kayjah. I appreciate your touching response. It’s tough to love yourself at a time when you’re figuring things out. To love yourself even when others don’t want you to love yourself is powerful to do. It’s great to come across people like yourself who had obstacles they had to fight to get to where you are today. People like you, Lauren &…read more

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  • Hello John,
    I cannot imagine what it was like for you to lose your mobility at such a young age. To make matters worse you could not find a compassionate, competent doctor for the longest time. I am so glad you finally received the treatment you needed to walk and that you are here at The Unsealed to share your journey and wisdom.…read more

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    • Hi Mrs. Brill, thank you for replying. I always love listening to your questions during Lauren’s Unsealed Conversations you are very intelligent and empathic person and I respect that about you. You should be very proud of Lauren what a wonderful community she put together here, she is one of the nicest people I ever met and you as well. Thank you…read more

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  • shelleybrill responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 1 month ago

    Hi Jena,
    Your letter is very powerful. I understand how painful it must have been to live with 2 alcoholic parents. No child should have to be exposed to that toxicity. The upside of your journey is that you have gotten the help you needed and you have a vision for a healthy and stable life for yourself. Congratulations on doing the work…read more

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    • Thank you for your kind words, Shelley! I love my parents and luckily today I do have a good relationship with both of them, and it definitely has to do with boundaries that I have set for myself. I do feel like everything happens for a reason, and we can all try to see the good in bad situations; like you said, I was able to get the help I…read more

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  • shelleybrill responded to a letter in group Poetry 1 month ago

    Dear Al,
    How lucky you are to know the joys of motherhood. Your little boy sounds so sweet and amazing. I am glad you are taking the time to smell the roses. Your experience with your son will continue to be the highlight of your life. Stay close to him and you will see how he enriches your life in so many ways.

    All the best,
    Shelley

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  • shelleybrill responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 1 month, 1 week ago

    Dear Al,
    Reading your story reminds me how important it is for teachers to be positive and caring. I am sorry you had that awful classroom experience but it seems in the end it made you stronger and extremely determined to overcome your difficulty with reading. It sounds like you are a wonderful mother. Good luck to you and your…read more

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  • shelleybrill responded to a letter in group Mental Health 1 month, 1 week ago

    Hello Kit,
    Your poem is very compelling. It sounds like you are in a lot of pain and I am sorry about that. Creating beautiful poetry like you have written can be very cathartic. Keep working toward healing and you will find strength especially in your own words. Always know, we here at The Unsealed are determined to give each other…read more

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    • Thanks Shelley. I do deal with depression but I wrote this for a friend who had miscarried and could not pull herself up from the despair she felt. Another friend online today had fallen into the same pit hence I wanted to post for her. I wanted to acknowledge the true depth she is at, and to not offer platitudes. At the same time, I wanted to…read more

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    • Not sure why there are now 3 copies of the poem above instead of one… how can I mix this? (for some things 60 words is way too big. hard with my MS hands, too.)

      fffggghhhj mmm nnn lll ppp ooo iii uuu yyy ttt rrreeewww vvv ccc xxx zzz uuu rrr www eee ppp ooo iii uuuyyytttt trr

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  • shelleybrill responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 1 month, 1 week ago

    Hello Jim,
    Your words about your parents are so sweet and touching. They sound like they were amazing people. Yes amazing because not every parent is a good parent. Its hard work and your parents put the work in. I am sure it was a labor of love for them. I am also sure they would be very proud of the person you are today.

    Shelley

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    • Thank you Shelley♥️
      Yes they were the best. Everyone should be lucky enough to think their parents were the best. As I’m sure Lauren does. And should. You and Mr Brill obviously did an amazing job yourselves. They had their fun. No doubt. But they took care of us and never left us needing anything. I hope they are proud. I think so. Thanks a…read more

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  • shelleybrill responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 1 month, 1 week ago

    Hi Roger,
    Your devotion to the needy is inspiring. I am sure you are making a difference in people’s lives and that must feel really good. You have taken a negative experience in your life and made the decision to turn that negative into a positive. The world needs more people like you. Congratulations on your commitment and a…read more

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    • Shelley,
      Thank you for your kind words. My life has taken an decidedly unusual path to the person I am today. A lot of lessons in my life came from the things I went through. I generally don’t discuss them too much because it’s not something that I enjoy doing. I choose to let what I do with those experiences in my life tell the story and if…read more

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  • Dear Roger,
    What a sweet letter. I really appreciate your kind words toward Lauren. You have been a good friend in her life as well as a loyal, important part of The Unsealed. You are a special person who deserves only the best in life. I am sure you and Lauren will continue to support each other in the years to come.

    All the best,
    Shelley

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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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  • 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

    Shelley Brill
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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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  • Dear Al,
    What a beautiful, touching letter you wrote to your sister . You both sound like amazing people who I would like to meet. In these challenging times it is so important that we support one another. Woman to woman bonds are especially strong because we are nurturers by nature. So you give each other a double gift of love and…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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