It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

Dr. Greene says goodbye and thank you to a dear friend, Truddle, who did so much to help grow the community here at


Today we say goodbye to a very dear friend. No, she’s not “gone”, but Truddle is leaving the Team after fourteen years and we couldn’t let her move-on to the next phase of her life without acknowledging what an integral part she has played in the lives of parents around the world, thanking her for her devotion, and telling a few stories.

MsGreene and I first met TruddleBug (Beverly Richardson) in 1997. We were writing and hosting pediatric content on (mostly Q&As), but we weren’t doing any kind of community. ParentSoup invited us to chat on their site to answer questions live for parents. Immediately we were greeted (online, of course) by NurseTruddle who was then the Community Manager of ParentSoup. Over the next few years we spent hundreds of hours together laughing at funny parenting stories, crying together over tragic losses and answering thousands of pediatric and parenting questions.

A few years later we left ParentSoup and joined the team at As luck would have it, Truddle had also left ParentSoup, so when we were asked who A.D.A.M. should hire to run their community, we knew the right person. At first they were reluctant to hire someone who didn’t live in San Francisco, where was headquartered, but we convinced them that they wouldn’t find anyone better. Of course we were right!

We launched Community at with a crazy 24-hour straight chat. Several of us gathered at the A.D.A.M. offices in San Francisco for the event and that is the one-and-only time we’ve met Truddle in person. During our short tenure at the Community garnered a Webby Nomination with many thanks to Truddle’s work. I’m convinced the only reason didn’t win that year was because they pulled their nomination — part of their shift in business away from an online offering toward a content syndication model.

In 2000 MsGreene and I had the opportunity to start our own Community on and we leapt at it, taking Truddle with us.

For the past fourteen years Bev has been at the core of all we do. Her title has gone from Community Manager to Site Manager, but titles don’t capture all she’s done – she’s run our forums, chats, and Facebook communities, she’s coded more pages than any of us care to count, she figured out how to get rid of pesky bugs that keep readers from being able to do what they want to do, she’s moderated comments (and at one time, even moderated ads, but that’s a different story). For years, she’s been the first one up in the morning to check on the site and make sure it’s still running. For those of you who don’t know her, she’s historically a very, very early riser.

But more than anything, she’s believed in what we do here – help parents. Thousands and thousands and thousands of parents. 85 million and counting. Even though Bev may not be involved in the daily running of after today, her work here will keep going and for that we are extremely grateful.

It’s hard to let you go, but on behalf of all those parents you’ve already helped and all the ones who will be helped in the future by the work you’ve already done, instead of goodbye, we’d like to say thank you.

Published on: January 21, 2014
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After being with for so many years it will be an adjustment for me to not just jump in and get things done that need doing.

Although I have put my bunny slippers aside, know that and all the wonderful people here will always be a part of my heart.

Making the choice to step away from was one of the hardest things that I have had to do, but I know in my heart it is the right thing to do. Most of you do not know that it was a decision that has taken almost a year to make, so knowing
that now; you will realize I did agonize over the move, but did not step away lightly.

Now that all aside…

Dr. Greene, what fun we had in those very early days of our time together. Those are times I will not soon forget! I have been so proud of you over the years. You have made me laugh and cry with your articles that you have written for the site. Full of so much heart. I don’t know if people really understand how much you put of yourself into everything you write. The caring and concern you have shown for
children everywhere and the compassion you show to parents is nothing short of amazing. I know you won’t want me to go on and on here so I won’t. You have made a big difference in the lives of children all over the world and eased the mind of many parents, but you also need to know you have made a difference in my life!

Beverly – to me, you are synonymous with this site, so I will definitely have to adjust to not exchanging emails with you about article reviews, along with a snippet about what’s going on in our lives. I wish you the best as you embark on your future adventures!

Beverly, we will miss you so much! Thank you for your many years of service and outstanding work! Hugs!

Bev, Congratulations and good luck in this next stage of your life. It was a pleasure to work with you and I could always count on the right advise. But…….who am I going to call on now when I forget a password ??? Take care and enjoy your new life. There really is life after work !

Glynna our working time together was short, and I’m thinking this might have been in Cheryl’s best interest. I can see you and me sitting at the back of the room
giggling, our heads together discussing the ins and outs of life….. But
anytime you need a password that I have, remember you can always call me, and I
will, in all my digressions pass it back to you. Thanks for taking care of our
girl now that I’m away, and remind her for me every once in a while to take
some time for herself, and to stay focused :)

My jaw is dropping.

Beverly, I know you, but I didn’t know about Truddlebug! You’ve been SUCH a part of SUCH an important revolution. Bless you, and DO enjoy some rest! And keep tweetin’!

Oh Bev! Fourteen years?? How did we get this old? Keep in touch with us old Soupers, please. HUGS and best wishes.

Hey Beverly, very sad to see you go. It has been absolutely wonderful working with you. Even having worked with you for just the last couple years, I can tell what a huge impact you’ve had in making the site as successful as it is today, and I know how much you will be missed.

Your work on the new site was absolutely fundamental to us being able to help out in the first place. Thanks so for working with our team to make it happen!

Wishing you the best!

Beverly: I have never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I must thank you for all you have done to help me & my site at I know there are so many things you handled seamlessly that I never even knew about. I wish you joy, peace, health & happiness in whatever your future holds for you. With love & cyberhugs, Donnica

Beverly I can not adequately express how much you’ve helped me over the years — both professionally and personally. If ever I’m in a bind, I can count on you to come along and remind me to just B-R-E-A-T-H-E. And how many times have you told me to believe that it would all work out.

I’m really happy that now you really do get to B-R-E-A-T-H-E … and take long walks, and soak in hot baths, and garden to your hearts’ content.

Beverly, when you were preparing to tell me that you would be leaving you said, “You’re not going to be happy with me.” But here’s the truth, as much as I will miss you, I’m very happy FOR you.

I know you will stay in touch, so this isn’t goodbye, just a great big thank you for all you’ve done!

Best, @MsGreene
Note: I am the co-founder of, but I am not Dr. Greene and I am not a doctor. Please keep that in mind when reading my comments and replies.

Cheryl…B-R-E-A-T-H-E … you can do this and yes everything will work out – you and I both know this. I gave up saying goodbye many years ago, and now prefer to say Cya Later…. Goodbye to me is to final. You know where I am if you need me!