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My Life In Puzzle Pieces -Kathy Larson Dahlen

My Life In Puzzle Pieces


Kathy Larson Dahlen

I met Kathy through my husbands circle of friends from his workplace. I remember I was nervous about meeting her. My husband and I have a lot of differences with people we choose to hang out with or get to know. I am a very bold personality and open about who I am, what I believe and sometimes that can offend those not use to that type of personality. I worried that Kathy might not have liked me.

She seemed very shy when I first met her but once I started talking to her I knew she was one from my husbands circle of friends that I would cherish having in my own circle.

She was there for me when my husband and I hit a very rough patch in our marriage. I realized how rare of a gem she was to me at that time. She was one of the very few surrounded around my husband that didn’t take everything I vented about or talked about back to him or any other person. She gained so much respect from me with that trust that I will forever cherish her now as a friend.

We don’t get to hang out much at all due to work schedules, and busy lives but we are connected through social media. She is a beautiful person and I am very thankful to have met her. I am lucky to call her a friend. Thank you Kathy for being you and being my friend.

My Life In Puzzle Pieces -Jennifer Lee

My Life In Puzzle Pieces


Jennifer Lee

Jennifer and I were destined to be friends. I met her at the bus company I work for now. I was disabled in 2005 and haven’t worked any job until I went out to get the bus driving job in 2012. She came into my life at a turning point. I was having a hard time being a disabled person with no real social connections outside my computer box. I was transforming on such a deep personal level when I met Jennifer. I knew shortly after meeting her that we were meant to meet.

I found out shortly after I had met her how much we also had in common. Where we came from, things we’ve been through, and the way we wanted to live our lives in the present with little negativity. She has such a huge heart. I feel so close to her she could really be my sister in real life. She is one special lady to me. I cherish her friendship. She is patient and understanding. She accepts that I am disabled and I have limits. She loves me just the way I am and I love her just the way she is. She will be my friend forever I know it.

Thank you Jennifer for being such an inspiration to me. Thank you for being a positive light in my life of dark. I love you friend. 

My Life In Puzzle Pieces -Amber Cole Chapman

My Life In Puzzle Pieces


Amber Cole Chapman

I have known Amber since my freshman year in high school. She is a wonderful friend. She was in my life when it was the most fucked up and I was the most mixed up. Hell this girl knew me as an addict, and a partying fool. She is one of only two friends I have ever lived with. She was with me during my best years of school, my worst years of school, the loss of my dad in 1996, my drug usage and abuse, she was there when I married the biggest mistake of my youth, she was there when I fled my hometown and she is still there for me in my sober years. I have always loved her like my sister. Even though we have not been together to hang out since probably 1998 or 1999 we still stay in touch through social media. She played a huge part in my life and I cherish her friendship, I always will.

When I think about Amber she honestly brings a smile to my face. She is a friend that just lights up your mood. She has such a great personality, she has humor, and she is always real. I have always been able to be completely honest with her with no fear of judgment. I have never felt out of place around her. I don’t have to hold back with her. I have NEVER had to hold back my bold personality around her. She accepts me as I am. The world is a better place because she is in it.

One vivid memory I have of her is from a high school bathroom. It was the year I found out my dad was diagnosed with cancer. I hid it from friends around me for months. One day I just broke down when Amber asked me what was up with me lately. She knew me well enough to know something was seriously wrong with me. Well I spilled my guts to her in the bathroom. She was one of the first of my friends I told about my dad dying.

She is probably one of the best friends I have from my hometown. I will always love her like a sister. She makes my life better being in it. Thank you Amber for being a special friend. 


My Life In Puzzle Pieces -Emily Claeys

My Life In Puzzle Pieces

Emily Claeys


Emily was one of the first friends I met after I moved to Minnesota. She reminded me of some of the friends I had back in my hometown. I knew right away she would accept me as me. She has a bold personality and great humor. Shortly after we met I realized we had a lot in common. She was the first person outside from my hometown I could be real around. I could let her into my past and didn’t have to worry about being ashamed of what I had done, or where I was from. Never worried about her judging me for what I had been through.

We met at work. It was a shitty job. I had not been in Minnesota long at all when I met her. I had only been in Minnesota for a few months at that point. I have known her for 8 years now. Even though that job we met at was temporary I see now that job was where we were meant to be at that point in our lives so we would cross paths. I don’t regret it at all. We might not get together often due to distance between us but we are attached by social media.

I will always remember the Halloween we took our girls trick or treating. Time flies by. Our girls are now heading into teenage years. Emily is a special friend that I am thankful to have met. She was a big support for me adjusting to being new in Minnesota. I cherish her friendship always. Thanks Em for being a great friend to me.