"Our baby is due in the fall" is how Jackie Hance ends her Ladies' Home Journal essay. The otherwise unremarkable line is anything but, considering that the Long Island woman is the mother of three young girls killed in a horrific accident on New Jersey's Taconic Parkway in 2009. Five others also died in the crash, when Hance's sister-in-law crashed head-first into an SUV. Toxicology reports showed high amounts of alcohol and marijuana in her system, notes ABC News.
HBO is planning a documentary on the accident called There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane, something one of Hance's daughters said by phone from the car before the crash. In her essay, Hance recounts her continuing struggle with grief ("I’ve learned that all you can do is put one foot in front of the other—sometimes quite literally") and the decision to try to get pregnant again. "Every day all I want is to be reunited with my girls again in heaven. But Emma, Alyson and Katie have other plans for me right now." Click to read the full essay.