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Create a Pandemic of Caring

CREATE A PANDEMIC OF CARING What's Going On? College graduations, weddings, and major sporting events canceled. Dreams deferred or no longer possible. The COVID-19 pandemic reminds me of a far-fetched science fiction, not our current reality. Are you questioning your previously-held beliefs about the way the world is supposed to work? Do you fear for your personal safety and health of your family? Perhaps you feel ill-equipped [...]

By |2020-03-24T08:24:27-05:00March 21st, 2020|Blog Post|2 Comments

Tattered Cover Bookstore at the Historic LoDo

In Permission to Thrive, the author chronicles the journey from post-traumatic stress to post traumatic growth, and how her community and faith helped her heal MILWAUKEE — When Susan Angel Miller’s eldest daughter Laura was just 14 years old the unthinkable happened. One morning the normally healthy high school freshman woke up to a blinding headache. Three days later she was dead from a malignant brain tumor. "We [...]

By |2020-01-22T10:59:57-06:00January 22nd, 2020|Press Release|0 Comments

Permission to Thrive: My Journey from Grief to Growth

Susan Angel Miller | Permission to Thrive: My Journey from Grief to Growth (LRS Press) The title alone caught my attention than the cover drew me in. The tagline “my journey from grief to growth” only sealed the deal. And like that, I was in hook, line, and sinker. The harrowing tale was an eye-opener for sure. As a mother of three girls, Susan Angel Miller’s story hit [...]

By |2019-10-28T11:10:17-05:00October 25th, 2019|Newspaper Article|0 Comments

Author to Speak on Overcoming Grief, Organ Donation

Author to Speak on Overcoming Grief, Organ Donation Ten years ago, Laura Miller was a 14-year-old, high school freshman in Milwaukee, when she began getting headaches. Doctors didn’t find a cause for concern, but three weeks later, she had a seizure and was taken to the hospital, where she was given a CT scan. She was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare, aggressive childhood brain tumor. Three days later, [...]

By |2019-10-28T11:10:26-05:00October 25th, 2019|Newspaper Article|0 Comments

Organ Donation

Organ donation: She died at 14. Her liver saved the life of a 40-year-old special ed teacher. “Mom and Dad, you have to donate her organs if they could save someone’s life!” It was the worst day of our lives, and our two younger daughters were with us in the hospital waiting room. Earlier that Saturday morning, we had learned their 14-year-old sister, our eldest daughter, had suffered a [...]

By |2019-10-28T11:10:38-05:00October 25th, 2019|Newspaper Article|0 Comments

Organ Donation Movement Expands Nationwide

Organ Donation Movement Expands Nationwide Check out the following blog post for SODA: Student Organ Donation Advocates, the national organization my daughter Sara founded and nurtured since her freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2009, Sara helped my husband Ron and I decide to donate our eldest daughter Laura’s organs. Since then she’s been determined—with a passion and determination that makes us proud—to educate high school [...]

By |2019-08-11T23:07:42-05:00August 11th, 2019|grief|0 Comments

Chicago Tribune Column July 2019

Column: Her 14-year-old daughter’s liver saved another woman’s life. Now their friendship offers a road map through grief. "This article highlights the healing effects of our family's decision to donate Laura's organs. The piece also highlights our special ongoing relationship with the woman who received Laura's liver and the insights we've gained through trauma and loss." Read the Chicago Tribune Article Here

By |2019-09-02T09:38:41-05:00July 18th, 2019|Newspaper Interview|0 Comments

The Gifted Life Podcast – Episode #107

In this Gifted Life Podcast, I enjoyed discussing how Laura saved the life of Trish O'Neill, a special education teacher in upstate New York. I emphasized that our family's organ donation decision -- on the worst day of our lives -- has helped our family create a sense of meaning from tragedy. I also describe Laura's personality and her profound legacy of love and hope. For so many [...]

By |2019-08-09T12:04:18-05:00May 3rd, 2019|Organ Donation, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mother Writes Losing 14 Year Old Daughter

Mother Writes Losing 14-Year-Old Daughter From Cancer This article summarizes our family's struggles over the past decade, discusses the positive psychology concept of post-traumatic growth (PTG), and highlights how we were initially surprised (and a little guilt-ridden) at our surviving--and eventually thriving--in the wake of two traumatic events. I had to learn to give myself permission to do whatever was best for myself and our family. CLICK HERE [...]

By |2019-02-28T18:08:25-06:00February 27th, 2019|Newspaper Article|0 Comments

Remembering Laura

Remembering Laura Each and Every Day ~ Exactly ten years ago today—on February 21, 2009—we were told what no parent should ever have to hear. “Your daughter has suffered irreversible brain damage. She is not responding to pain. She is legally brain dead.” The pediatric neurosurgeon’s words hit my brain, and I went numb. Our daughter Laura Miller—only fourteen years old—had died. Our worst nightmare had come true. [...]

By |2019-02-28T18:06:11-06:00February 21st, 2019|grief, post-traumatic growth|0 Comments