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Tamara Walkowiak

Tamara Walkowiak

My husband Gregory was the kindest, gentlest and most generous man I have known. He was quiet, but loved by everyone. He worked as a chef for many years, before deciding to become an electrician in 2012. He graduated with honors on Dec. 14, 2012 and had an interview lined up the following week for a job that would give us more financial security and the opportunity to start a family.

On Dec. 17, I came home to a dark house with no lights on except for the television in the living room. I started calling everyone who knew him and who might have seen him. I called nearby hospitals, his work and the police. No one had seen him and the police could not put out a missing person’s report until 24 hours had passed. My life forever changed when 19 hours later I broke into our garage and found my husband.

Never in a million years would I have thought he was capable of taking his own life. I had been completely blindsided. I was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder a week later and have been working on trying to heal from this nightmare of a journey. So much has happened since then, but I still get up every morning and try to figure out how to put the pieces of my life together and try to create a “new normal” for myself. I walked alone in the Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run my first year. It was a last minute decision. I didn’t know if I could stand, much less walk more than three miles. I didn’t take off my sunglasses because I was crying throughout the walk. But it turned out to be very therapeutic. I didn’t know the signs of suicide and wasn’t able to help my husband, but I can help now by not only honoring my husband’s life but also by raising awareness about suicide and helping to erase the stigma associated with mental illness.

Didi Hirsch helps me cope with my loss through grief counseling, where I have made lifetime friendships with people who share the same bond even though our stories are all different.

I feel truly blessed to have the love of family and friends and am forever thankful and grateful for their support. I want so badly to help others so they never go through what I am going through now and probably will for the rest of my life. I want to walk in my husband’s memory. This is now my "forever cause."

I will be walking in the Alive & Running 5k again on Sunday, September 29th in memory of my husband Gregory Walkowiak. Whether you're cheering me on, near or far, thank you all for your love & support!


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