91.365 "Tell them to remember hope. We have hope." (#190 in explore !)

-renee yohee,

the story and inspiration of to write love on her arms,

my biggest hero.


we are only asked to love,

to offer hope to the many hopeless.

we don't get to choose all the endings,

but we are asked to play the rescuers.

we won't solve all mysteries,

and our hearts will certainly break in such a vulnerable life,

but it is the best way.

we were made to be lovers bold in broken places,

pouring ourselves out again and again,

until we're called home.


the vision is that community and hope and help would replace secrets and silence.


the vision is people putting down guns and blades and bottles.


the vision is that we can reduce the suicide rate in America and around the world.


the vision is that we would learn what it means to love our friends, and that we would love ourselves enough to get the help we need.


the vision is better endings.


the vision is the restoration of broken families and broken relationships.


the vision is people finding life, finding freedom, finding love.


the vision is graduation, a Super Bowl, a wedding, a child, a sunrise.


the vision is people becoming incredible parents, people breaking cycles, making change.


the vision is the possibility that your best days are ahead.


the vision is the possibility that we're more loved than we'll ever know.


the vision is hope, and hope is real.


you are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.


-jamie tworkowski,

founder of to write love on her arms.


to write love on her arms' mission statement,

for anyone who wants to learn more:

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.


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Taken on September 24, 2008