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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 2 months 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • shelleybrill responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Morgan,
    You are so right. It is important to go beyond your comfort zone and experience new worlds. New people, new activities, and new places. Life is so much more fulfilling when you just go for it. I try to push myself every day to do something new and scary. I always find that what I thought was scary was really exciting. It is a…read more

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  • Dear Drew,
    Congratulations on being brave and strong. I am glad you were open with your peers. You sound like a special person. Your classmates are lucky to have you in their classroom. I am sure with your confidence and strength you will achieve great things. You are an inspiration to me and many people who lives you have touched.

    Best of…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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  • 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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  • shelleybrill responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 3 months, 1 week ago

    Dear Mehr,
    It is so nice that we can support each other and connect on The Unsealed. I hope your studies in this country are exciting and interesting. I am sure you are a valuable asset to your classmates. Your view of the world will bring a fresh perspective to whatever is being discussed in the classroom. Perhaps this experience will…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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  • shelleybrill responded to a letter in group Mental Health 3 months, 1 week ago

    Dear Jerrica,
    Your letter really touched me. I am so sorry you had to go thru such an unpleasant experience. You did not deserve that rejection. It was so brave of you to write your first letter and very important for you to express yourself. I am glad writing down your feelings is healing for you and I am glad The Unsealed has brought a…read more

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  • shelleybrill responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 3 months, 1 week ago

    Dear Mehr,
    I am so glad you took a chance and communicated your dream to your family. Sometimes “it takes a village” and in this case your village made a difference. I cannot imagine the happiness you felt when your family said yes. Studying abroad is an amazing experience. Lauren was lucky enough to do this and I think this experience cha…read more

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    • Thank you @shelleybrill you made my day. 🙂
      They really made a big difference. I was excited when my family said yes but more than that I was anxious because I had to leave my family and handle things on my own in this new place. I’m happy Lauren took the risk and changed her life. I appreciate all of your blessings. I’m happy I came across this…read more

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      • Dear Mehr,
        It is so nice that we can support each other and connect on The Unsealed. I hope your studies in this country are exciting and interesting. I am sure you are a valuable asset to your classmates. Your view of the world will bring a fresh perspective to whatever is being discussed in the classroom. Perhaps this experience will…read more

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  • shelleybrill responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 3 months, 1 week ago

    Dear Kayjah,
    Thank you so much for your kind words about Lauren. As her mother, this means so much to me. Lauren has gone thru so much in her life and I am glad she is sharing her challenges. We can all learn from each other and become inspired. Lauren tells me you are a fantastic intern and are helping her so much. I hope you and Lauren…read more

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  • shelleybrill responded to a letter in group Mental Health 3 months, 1 week ago

    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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  • shelleybrill responded to a letter in group Mental Health 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Dear Roger,
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your difficult childhood. You are a wonderful person and I am sure you were a very sweet child. Your father was probably a victim of some kind of abuse from his parents. He must have been a angry man who vented that anger by subjecting his children to the sane abuse he endured. Family…read more

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  • shelleybrill shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 3 months, 3 weeks 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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  • shelleybrill shared a letter in the Group logo of Current EventsCurrent Events group 4 months 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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  • shelleybrill responded to a letter in group Current Events 4 months ago

    Dear Gerald,
    My heart is very heavy like yours. I want to cry in a pillow. Why are there so many angry people in the world? I don’t understand. How do parents not see the disfunction of their own children. I wish there was something I could do. I am glad we are here to support each other. That is very important that we continue to talk a…read more

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    • Hi Shelley
      I hear you. It’s frustrating hearing about this unnecessary violence. That’s a good question. There are a lot of angry people in the world, and that anger is being expressed in hurtful ways. It seems like some parents don’t want to see their children’s dysfunction until it’s too late. I wish there was something I could do too.…read more

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  • Hi jim,
    I was very touched by your words. Your Mother sounds like she was amazing. I don’t have to tell you how lucky you are to be touched by such an angel. I am sure you are passing on the love you received to all those around you. Love is such a positive force that can really elevate someone’s life. We need more of that in these very tro…read more

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    • Jim replied 4 months ago

      Thank you Shelley. Very much appreciated. Yes my mom was certainly an amazing woman. I’m amazed at all mothers to be honest. Mothers are amazing. Juggling duties, tasks and responsibilities. All the while still taking care of their children first and foremost. That’s great that you had a great mother. It’s clear that she passed along what she k…read more

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