Last week, Heather Armstrong, born Heather Hamilton and known to most by the internet handle “Dooce,” committed suicide. Her fame had dimmed somewhat in recent years, but she was once an internet sensation that The New York Times dubbed “Queen of the Mommy Bloggers,” and, upon her death, they have proclaimed her “the original influencer.”
I don’t even begin to presume to have useful insights on the actual circumstances of her death, though she had been very public — she was basically a professional over-sharer — about her struggles with mental health. I have dealt with these issues up close in my own family and I know enough not to presume anything specific about what made her end her life. She meant a lot
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