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thought I would be back sooner

Posted on June 2, 2012 at 3:21pm 0 Comments

Well as a baby Leah was one of the best.  Like her older brother Michael she was strong a good eater and slept through the night very early on. Leah loved music and all the little infant toys she could reach.  God a fast learner and she grew fast.  Again just like her brother, when she was a toddler she hated going barefoot in the grass.  Really funny. But what a beauty. She loved going outside though, almost everyday I would put her and her brother in the little wagon we had and walk them…


Sorry I have not been back until now.

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 10:55pm 1 Comment

Sorry I have not been back until now. After my last post I suffered a pretty sever breakdown. My wife Carol thought that she was going to have to bury me along with Leah. Leah's death that horrible day in April 2011 really ripped my sense of security to shreds. Then having all the holidays come up that Leah loved; Halloween, Christmas, New Years, that was almost to much to handle. Only because I am so much like Leah or she was so much like me.

Carol and I knew that mental illness ran on…


when i first met leah.

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 9:11pm 0 Comments

   As I remember it the day that leah was born was a bright sunny spring day.  Carol and I lived in Westerville Ohio at the time, so we went to the local hospital Mount Carmel St. Ann's for her birth.  What a difference  from when her brother Michael was born at Grant medical in downtown Columbus. The doctors and nurses were very kind and attentive at St. Ann's not that they were not at Grant but they were very busy.  So busy that Carol was unable to get an epidural. Well at St. Ann's that…


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At 9:35pm on June 2, 2012, Amber Jacobs said…

We are all in the process of conseling. I told my mother that in times like this the best thing besides being their for each other is to be a voice. I think your website is a wonderful idea and would love to take part in it any way I can. Having a mental illness is not joke or something to ignore. My brother is next to a 15 year old who took his life in high school. I just wish there was a way give more counseling to teenagers in school. I suffered from severe depression in high school and not once did anyone mention anything.

At 3:07pm on June 2, 2012, thomas piteo said…

sorry amber it was another survivor who sent me the song but I will try to forward it to you also. my e-mails are kind of flowing together or  actually I'm just clueless sometimes/most times. 

At 3:04pm on June 2, 2012, thomas piteo said…

Amber I am so sorry to hear about your brother.  Being the survivor of this kind of tragedy is the worst because there are no answers to this. The only things are the guilt, grief and what ifs and what should have been.  The only thing I know right know is how weak I have been. Thank god for my wife and two remaining children they have been my rock.  Hopefully you and your parents have someone because this is an everyday torture for the survivors. Thank you for the song.  I am going to forward it to my wife Carol.  She also sends her sympathy.  Also just to let you know we/she is working to put a website up to help parents of children with mental illness get answers.  The kind we did not get. Hopefully when it is up and running if you have any input let me know.  Also are you and your parents getting any counseling?  It has helped us, and if you ever need to talk let me know.  This is the hardest journey anyone can ever go on so god bless you and your family.  Tom.

At 9:28pm on May 31, 2012, Amber Jacobs said…

I am so sorry for your loss. My brother just took his life on May 20 due to a mental illness. He was in and out of the hospital as well since we was 17. He was one month shy of his 22 birthday. My parents didn't know what to do but never gave up on him. I never knew just how serious everything was until it was to late. I'm here if you ever want to talk.


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