Carol Herrmann

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Carol Herrmann

<div class="content">I am Carol Herrmann, a wife and mother of three.&nbsp; I am employed by a major university in Baltimore.&nbsp; The most important thing in the world to me is being a mom.&nbsp; I have loved being a mom for the last 21 years.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> I would love to tell you all about my kids.&nbsp; But I can't.&nbsp; The words won't come out.&nbsp; They are there, they swirl around in my mind, but they are so hard to say.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> I have three children and they are perfect.&nbsp; Two tall, handsome boys, sweet and thoughtful and funny.&nbsp; They are a junior and sophomore in college.&nbsp; They make me proud every day.&nbsp; I love them so much.&nbsp; I also had one beautiful, perfect daughter. Had. Caroline has passed away.&nbsp; I love her so much, too.&nbsp; Fourteen months before her death, she was suddenly and shockingly diagnosed with a brain tumor.&nbsp; There was surgery, and radiation, and chemotherapy, but no cure, and so our sweet Caroline passed away from a random and sudden and devastating disease, just before Christmas 2008.&nbsp; She was only 14 years old.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> I was not finished being Caroline's mom, and I miss her so, so much.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> I'm sure there&nbsp;must be more to me and my story, but since Caroline was diagnosed in 2007, this has been my only story.&nbsp; When she was sick, I thought of nothing else; and now that she is gone, I can still think of nothing else. &nbsp;&nbsp; But, from all outward appearances, I look like I have moved forward; people congratulate me all the time for doing so well.&nbsp; I get up everyday, I walk, I shower, I go to work, I laugh, I have fun with friends.&nbsp; But always, always, in my heart, I am missing Caroline. And so, for right now, this is my story.&nbsp; Just this. Missing Caroline.&nbsp; <br /> &nbsp;</div>

Stories by Carol Herrmann

So, today marks six months since Caroline has passed away. Caroline Grace, my beautiful, precious, beloved fourteen-year-old daughter. I have been...