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  • Writer's pictureMickey Carolan

From Bittersweet to Celebration: Reframing Difficult Days

My Friends,

As many of you have followed along for the past 23 weeks, thank you for your continued support. It means a lot!

In this week's edition:

  • Excerpts from a special chapter in Mom Dad Not Hear

  • 2 eBook Deals (scroll down), I promise they are good!

  • My 5-Star Reads from April


The end of April can be a bittersweet time for me. Deaf Parents Day falls on the last Sunday, followed closely by the anniversary of my father's passing on April 30th. Over time, I've chosen to approach these days with a focus on celebrating their lives and the positive impact they had on me.

With age and parenthood experience comes a deeper understanding. I realize now that there's no such thing as a perfect parent; we all learn and grow as we raise our children.

This week, the chapter titled "Mom has Cancer – Dad is Dead" from my book Mom Dad Not Hear resonated with me. I want to share some excerpts with you in the coming days.


The moment I received a phone call from my Uncle Neil:

“It’s not good, Mickey. Your father passed away.” He continued, “Your mother found him when she got home from work today.” It was like someone had hit me with a baseball bat. I collapsed, falling to one knee—in total shock and disbelief. My son and daughter saw me and called out, asking what was wrong. We were in the neighbors’ driveway, they heard the commotion and came out at just the right moment to take the kids into their house, realizing I needed some privacy.


You will get the calls eventually:

Unfortunately, you will someday get calls like the two I just described—if you haven’t received them already. It’s the circle of life; we should expect it. But that doesn’t make it any easier. As I think about those calls years later, they still haunt me, and I get emotional.
We will inevitably all receive traumatic calls sooner or later. Start preparing for it. Beginning today, when you get any kind of bad news, don’t let it rob you of your sense of reason. Don’t react in a way that raises the emotion of the moment. Instead, take the time you need to absorb the news, determine what needs to be done, and put things in order so the outcome is something you can be proud of when you look back on that moment.

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My 5-Star Book Reads from April

Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman


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