About the Author

Tonya Ingram is a poet, Cincinnati native, Bronx-bred introvert, mental health advocate, kidney transplant hopeful, Lupus legend, cat auntie, and lover of Tom Hardy and The Office. Tonya currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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  1. This is beautiful. You are beautiful. I thank God He have you strength to stay when the pain wanted an exit. You and Jojo are in my prayers. Here’s to furry cuddles and new seasons of healing, peace and warmth in the winter.

  2. A beautiful and meaningful body of work! You literally allowed me to emotionally travel every stage of your joy, pain and recovery! I’m truly proud of you for resurrecting your self and moving forward! Your in cuffing process is uplifting and, makes me hopeful! We see you Sister and we’re proud of you! Thank you for sharing!

  3. I’m proud of you sis! Self care, self management is so important. Learning how to manage our emotions by understanding how and why and then moving forward! You matter and yes you are valuable! Never ever forget this!

  4. Your experience with a broken heart was extremely transparent and
    I appreciate your words of experience. I truly believe you have encouraged so many to do something new to get new results 🦋

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