Overdose Awareness Day

I am aware. My family is aware. The millions of families affected by overdose are very, very aware. Let's be grateful for today. A day set aside to remember, and honor our sons and daughters. A day to make others aware that we have lost LOVED ONES to this ongoing crisis. That we want, no, … Continue reading Overdose Awareness Day


The Will

It’s been so long since I’ve posted that I feel I should explain why I went away. In the past, usually if I shared a post it was because I had “worked through” something. I had thought about it, talked about it, and if I could and on some level had grown through it. Learned … Continue reading The Will


In medicine a "stigma" is a mark upon the skin. Characteristic of a disease. What does the mark of addiction look like though? I've never been able to identify someone struggling with a past or present addiction just by looking at their face. I look at photos of people lost to addiction and I see … Continue reading Marked?


My little family will never be the same. There will always be some level of sadness when we say his name. It's not fair that his brother and sister will miss all of the ways that growing older with all of your siblings is a special kind of magic. Childhood stories are always told best when … Continue reading Sad

Say It

They won't be interested in what you say. Say it anyway. They'll make you feel it may be your fault. Let that guilt fall to the floor. They will try to turn you away. Stand your ground. This is how you love broken people You do it regardless of what you get back. I can't … Continue reading Say It

My Garden

Spring is finally here and I realized today that I have joined a separate group of people. I'll call us "The Cemetery Gardening Club". I never knew this group of people existed. I wouldn't have wanted to join anyway.  I didn't have a choice. Membership comes without warning and with tremendously painful dues. I am really … Continue reading My Garden