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Learning to live after tragedy


DAVANDRA BABB

Learning to live after tragedy

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Eleven years ago, Janelle Chase-Mayers lost the love of her life, late broadcaster Terrance “Terry” Mayers.

Not only did she lose her husband of three years, but she lost the father of her first and only child Terrance Jr when he was just four weeks old.

Janelle said it was an experience nothing and no one could have ever prepared her for.

“It’s been a journey. I don’t want to say that it’s been up and down, but it’s been a journey to understand how to live without him and also how to be a parent without him and just processing losing my husband while my son was four weeks old. He was in the hospital for about ten to 12 days.  Learning to live without him was hard. Every milestone TJ pretty much grew up without his father, so that was an experience,” she said.

Her son, whom she affectionately calls “TJ” or “Mayers,” sat this year’s Common Entrance examination and will be attending Harrison College in September.

Janelle said she couldn’t be more proud of her son and says she knows if her husband was alive, he would have been just as proud of his achievement.

She said now that TJ is about to enter another stage of his life, it was harder as she always thinks of all the things his dad never got to experience. (DB)

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