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Reflecting on why I’m on this train heading to DC instead of spending a lazy Saturday morning at home. Thinking about the past 20 months and 14 days and this life altering journey I’ve begun. Remembering my son, Matt and his struggle to find help and hope. Feeling that now familiar grip on my heart […]
via Reflections From A Warrior Mom — Magnolia New Beginnings
“She died over 10 years ago but came to me in my dream early this morning…I know you would get it”
I had a cousin once
She was like a sister
Whatever I did
Wherever I went
Except for one thing
And no matter how hard I tried
I couldn’t get her to stop
Now she’s gone
She died alone
And I was so angry
And then I was so sad
I miss her very much
I still cry sometimes
She is in a better place
She must be
That’s how I go on
-Julie Sylvester Greer 2017
Many of you know what my daughter, Katie, has struggled with and about Magnolia New Beginnings’ mission, if not, here is her story in The New York Times this past Sunday. I’m so incredibly proud of her strength and the fact that she did this interview hoping that she could help shed some light on this disease. Love my girl.
Inside a Killer Drug Epidemic: A Look at America’s Opioid Crisis The opioid epidemic killed more than 33,000 people in 2015. What follows are stories of a national affliction that has swept the country, from cities on the West Coast to bedroom communities in the Northeast.
You think I like walking around protecting every breath I take?
You think it feels good having to live life not knowing which word will make me break?
My guard is all I have left, that has taught me how to survive.…
It protects me
I know I have a safe place where I can hide.
I never wanted to end up this cold
like an ice berg leaving frostbite to those who come to close.
But life has taught me the only way to get by,
is to put this mask on but never let them see you cry.
I wish so badly I could let my guard down expose how I truly feel
Maybe I wouldn’t be accused of not working on the pain I try so hard to heal
You wouldn’t know what to do if your were to ever be in my shoes
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Detach with Love
Whenever life takes a nasty turn I try to ask myself how did I contribute toward it? Don’t get me wrong, I’m neither a victim nor am I (any longer) the over responsible person who must blame themselves for everything. I just know that in order to change the route you must be aware of the place you came off the road, onto the bumpy dirt path, that led you into the swampy ditch. Then you can drag your muddy ass up out of the hole you find yourself in and never take that road again. This doesn’t happen if you don’t take responsibility for that first (or the second) wrong turn and learn from it.
The question is what do you do when you are watching someone else heading for the ditch and you can tell the hole they will be in might just swallow them up and they…
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