Semper Fi Sisters Beach Blast

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 09:23 AM.

Further, Hansen didn’t want to hear stories from other mothers about the sons and daughters who had returned.

Hansen’s had not.

But a friend in an online support group for Gold Star moms suggested that, after two years of mourning, maybe Hansen could use the elixir of the sisterhood.

“For me, the Beach Blast was life-changing,” Hansen said. “Everybody was so kind and understanding. That sisterhood is the word; you never felt like a stranger. It made me realize I need to put everything aside and enjoy my life.

“I really came back a changed person. For two years I was in a fog. I lost myself. I literally found myself at the Beach Blast and I wasn’t even there to do that. I was there to escape, to get away. (The Beach Blast) made me realize I could go on.”

Four days of fun, laughter, tears and stories shared. Three nights of acting sometimes, Hansen said, like a 15-year-old girl again – complete with flatulence seat cushion.

Today, most of the medications are put away and while she will never be the same after the death of her son, there will always be a hole, the Beach Blast has helped breathe life into Hansen’s life.

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