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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 |2019-05-03T15:44:45-05:00May 3rd, 2019|Podcast|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 |2019-02-28T18:08:25-05:00February 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 |2019-02-28T18:06:11-05:00February 21st, 2019|grief, post-traumatic growth|0 Comments

TMJ4 – Morning Blend Show Interview

A Journey from Grief to Growth During my television interview on TMJ4's Morning Blend Show, I address the challenges inherent in grief and suggest specific strategies for supporting family and friends who have lost a loved one or who face a significant struggle. I share my family’s tumultuous decade and explain how our community’s support helped us cope with the tragedy of losing our daughter and confronting my [...]

By |2019-02-28T18:09:17-05:00February 14th, 2019|TV Interview|0 Comments

Interview on WUWM89.7 Lake Effect Show

My interview focuses on our family’s experience with post-traumatic growth and the unexpected personal learning and deeper relationships that stemmed from our struggle with the meaning of my daughter’s sudden death. The segment also highlights the positive role organ donation played in our healing process. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO INTERVIEW

By |2019-02-28T18:11:42-05:00February 12th, 2019|Radio Interview|0 Comments

After loss and crisis, community gave me strength

After loss and crisis, the community gave me strength Tragic. Traumatic. Miraculous. These words describe my family’s past decade. When our seemingly healthy 14-year-old daughter Laura died within days of being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, my husband Ron and I were shocked and distraught. Our sheltered family life in Bayside wasn’t supposed to unfold this way. We were overcome by the thought of never seeing Laura [...]

By |2019-02-28T18:12:23-05:00February 1st, 2019|Newspaper Article|0 Comments

Unexpected Resilience

Unexpected Resilience In Permission to Thrive, author chronicles 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 were [...]

By |2019-02-28T18:12:57-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Press Release|0 Comments

Bouncing Back from Tragedy

Bouncing Back from Tragedy Boswell Books, Jewish Community Center to host Feb. 19 reading of local author's book, Permission to Thrive: My Journey from Grief to Growth 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 [...]

By |2019-02-27T11:40:57-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Press Release|0 Comments