I am here with a proclamation: I became one of Glennon Doyle’s biggest fans over the past 24 hours. I first heard her name a month after Ramón died. I visited a good friend, Alyssa, for coffee, and we were waxing philosophical — or trying, at least. Alyssa referenced a quote about pain Glennon recently posted online from her book, Untamed. (I just looked back at my messages to re-read the quote, and HOLY SMOKES! Alyssa sent it to me two years ago to the day! My superfandom ha
Several months ago, a *quite* special resolution was introduced to the Georgia General Assembly: HR 918: Judge Ramón Alvarado Bridge; Gwinnett County; dedicate I know you've been holding your breath, so I'm here to say that it's officially official. Ramón's getting a bridge named after him! Details are still coming together (thanks to some of Ramon's very amazing friends), but go ahead and mark your calendar. Also, if you haven't yet, I encourage you to read the bill as it wa
“Here,” an ICU nurse said as she handed me Ramón’s Fitbit. He’d just been situated in the ICU after his cardiac arrest. While they were stabilizing him, I was being sent home. I was disappointed about the Fitbit because I knew Ramón would want to keep wearing it. Later, we would get a kick out of reviewing the data during his post-arrest medically induced coma. What would his sleep tracking show? And what about his heart rate? I reluctantly took his Fitbit and made a mental n
My name is Drew Dotson, and my life has been anything but perfect, yet it's still perfectly beautiful. After growing up with a genetic disease, cystic fibrosis, I was blessed to meet an amazing man who loved me without bounds. Then he died.