Hello Mr. Hilt. Thank you so much for your input. First of all, words cannot express how sorry I am for the horror you’ve been through; I cannot imagine the pain you’ve been dealing with throughout these years. Please know that I had no intention of making excuses for this horrific crime as there is no justifiable reason to take the life of an innocent child. Nina and Peggy’s case struck a chord with me because of how depression and infertility played a part in Peggy’s background. Over the past few years I have been very frustrated at how little awareness there is as to the damage that infertility causes. So many people either make light of infertility or simply brush it off as something you should simply deal with and “move on with your life.” The average person does not understand how a person’s mental and emotional health as well as marriages are adversely affected by it. Sadly, when I learned about Nina and Peggy’s case, because I’ve dealt with both depression and infertility, my first thought was “there but for the grace of God go I” and from there I realized that others must be thinking the same thing but are afraid to say it. I’m not saying that this would have definitely happened with me had I not gotten professional help…but what if? (And I’m not going to lie, it’s a disturbing thought.) I truly want everyone to know how serious these issues are and that sometimes we need to put aside our pride, shame, etc., and say “I need help.”

I couldn’t agree more that there is more than one side to every story and I will update my post to make a note that you have responded to what I’ve written and include the website dedicated to Nina as she should never be forgotten. I can’t even begin to imagine the he’ll you’ve been through and my heart goes out to you and your family. Thank you again for reaching out.

Brenda Thornlow is an author, animal advocate, and certified Reiki Master from New York. Her books can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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