Mandy Hitchcock

Motherhood. Loss. Authenticity. Resilience.

“My Monster”

I’m grateful to share my latest piece for Mamalode, “My Monster.” It’s about how telling my story helps me manage my PTSD. I hope it helps others who have endured a traumatic experience, including those who have not lost a… Continue Reading →

Going On After A Child Dies

I’m honored to be up at Mamalode today with a simple little piece inspired by their December theme of strength. Grieving mothers are no stronger than other mothers. We are all incredibly strong.

My Daughter’s Death Changed Me, But It Did Not Make Me Superhuman

I was both humbled and proud to debut on the Brain, Child blog yesterday with a piece that was hard for me to write and share, because it says the opposite of what I think most people expect me to… Continue Reading →

Happy Seventh Birthday, Sweet Hudson

For some reason, I can’t let go of my One Good Thing blog, where my writing journey began just after Hudson died. Some part of her will always live there for me, I guess. So I’ll keep writing my letters… Continue Reading →

Hudson’s Birth Story

It might be cheating on NaBloPoMo to share old posts, but I’ve done it already and on this last day of the month, I am doing little else but preparing myself–emotionally, physically, and otherwise–to celebrate Hudson’s birthday tomorrow, and there… Continue Reading →

You Win Some, You Lose Some

After yesterday’s wonderful day with the kids, today was so bad that Ed and I decided we’d rather go to the grocery store together with both kids than leave them at home with one or the other parent. Yeah, it was… Continue Reading →

“OK” Is The Sweetest Word

Today was an amazing day. A glorious day. An extraordinary day. It was 70 degrees and sunny on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We spent the day mostly outside with our kids, raking, blowing, and playing in the million leaves in… Continue Reading →


I realize I’ve posted a lot about feeling low during these many, many, MANY days of NaBloPoMo (seriously, will November ever end?!), but that is reality of grief, especially during the latter months of every year. I woke up feeling so… Continue Reading →

Always Grieving, Always Grateful

A friend of mine told me a little while ago that I am lucky in some really important ways, even though it is sometimes hard to see that. I responded that I have no trouble seeing it at all, and my hope is… Continue Reading →

Do One Good Thing for Hudson’s Seventh Birthday

For each of the past five years, I’ve written a new entry on my old blog about a week before our sweet Hudson’s birthday,  inviting anyone and everyone to join us in honoring her memory by doing One Good Thing sometime on… Continue Reading →

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