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Tracey’s Story

My story is one that started as a young girl. I did not lose my dad to illness, but choice — I still remember the day I knelt in my parents room, crying and praying to God for a new family. I was around 6 years old at the time. I am now 29 and my parents are still unhappily married.
My dad was always home, but was never involved with me or my younger sister. Read more

30. Single. Fatherless.

 

That’s the current stigma of my life. I’d love to tell you that these truths do not define me but they absolutely do. And at least one of them will stick with me forever.

I’ve been fatherless since I was 10 years old. Read more

Is Fatherlessness Making You Sick? 5 Ways to Take Your Health Back

According to the American Psychological Association, one-third of Americans say they have had an illness they believed was primarily brought on by stress. To narrow it down even more, it has been well documented women are more likely than men to suffer from anxiety and depression. Why is that? Because women process their emotions differently than men by overanalyzing and rehashing negative feelings, which can lead to harmful self-talk and blaming of oneself for circumstances that she may not even have any control over- like the loss of a father. Whereas men don’t want to ruminate their feelings of depression and anxiety, they find ways to “not think about” what is going on in their life choosing to ignore their feelings. They often turn to alcohol, illegal drugs or physical activity to forgo their pain.

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