My name is Jami, and I am a just-turned-forty yesterday mother of three amazing boys. I am a mother who has lost a child, but that cannot be how I define myself. I am a woman on a spiritual journey to heal my heart. And I am strong.
It’s been more than a year now since Sam left us, and it’s changed our lives forever. But knowing total grief and utter despair has also led me to the path of ultimate joy. I am so grateful that Sam was in our lives to teach us what he has, and the power of his story as I share it continues to surprise me.
Our oldest son, Jack, has special needs, and I intend to use the voice Sam has given us to help society to love and appreciate different children in the same way that I have come to.
This blog was read by someone from Jacana, and led to my book Sam and Me and the Hard Pear Tree (by Jami Yeats-Kastner), now available on shelves and as a kindle download.
The truth is, no matter how hard things get, your greatest challenges can also be your greatest blessings, as they help you on your way to becoming your best self.
You can be the victim, or you can find the lessons in your hardships and the beauty in what you do have, rather than focusing on that which you don’t. It really is up to you.
Thank you for taking the time to listen.