Beau was a sweet and obedient yellow lab mix, a rescue who instantly won my heart.
It became clear that there was something wrong with me. I secretly suspected that I was born in a different galaxy far, far away.
From my 14 years working in the Secret Service, I know that Presidents don't like to be told "no."
I used his first name in my victim impact statement. I was speaking to Robert. Saying: Robert, you did this. And you need help, in jail.
While it's a cruel question to ask: "Would you rather have been aborted?" The answer, for me, is yes.
I hadn't expected such a negative reaction and I felt angry, confused and hurt.
If the past couple of years have taught me anything, it's that nothing is promise or guaranteed, not even lifelong friendship.
Alcohol robbed small joys from my life. I missed too much of my life being numb or hungover.
As I read the news that the Supreme Court of the United States of America had overturned Roe v. Wade, tears of joy began flowing.
My thoughts immediately went to all of the people in Texas and across the country seeking abortion care.
"If my 15-year-old son decided to transition, I would 100 percent support him. But I would not support him wanting to go into women's races."
"It's hard to fathom the idea of not being introduced to sports, let alone allowed to play, or that sports weren't offered because of your sex.
"The guys challenged me every time I stepped on the court and I gladly accepted it."
"The sexism we saw was more about our credibility, you would have whispers and people were saying we were on drugs."
"It's important for me to be an ally and voice to make sure every girl who wants it has the opportunity to participate in sport."
"A lot of young kids, especially young girls, saw my emotional moment in 2021. I think it shows them the passion that we play with."
"I can see that female soccer players like co-captain Megan Rapinoe and I have that shared joy of being able to be part of something bigger."
In my adult years, my size continued to be an issue as co-workers would tell me, "you'd be gorgeous if you lost weight."
By 2019, Parkinson's disease and dementia had robbed him of the ability to stay steady on his feet.