We can fool ourselves into thinking that we have our lives well planned out. It was that way for me, being a product of the 1950/60’s: I’d go to college, meet my prince, get married, have children and live happily ever after. As much as I thought I knew what to expect, my life was riddled with surprises. But the last was the most unexpected, compelling me to write Fifth Child, a non-fiction book about the anguish and consequences of a drug-addicted child, which resulted in parenting her child almost since birth.

My husband and I are cast into a shockingly large demographic. Grandparents raising grandchildren is a growing phenomenon in our country because of our shifting economy, unmarried teen mothers, alcohol abuse and illegal drug use. Close to 10 million grandparents comprise the club. We had already raised four children. Jaime was our third child, and Brady is her son, who began calling us Mommy and Daddy when he was three. Readers may be amazed to find calamity overcoming a so seemingly traditional family. But as events and family history unfold, disturbing pitfalls and unfortunate genetic vulnerability reveal fault lines that can sabotage people from any walk of life.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pain of Addiction

    Jaime was an adorable child, very talented and sweet but suffered from low self-esteem. We just never imagined that would translate into drug abuse. During her senior year in college, she began showing signs something going amiss. She was avoiding family, her grades were suffering and she sold her car, a gift from her grandfather, which she loved. We were shocked to discover she used up her entire college loan on cocaine. We gave her an ultimatum, to come in for rehab or lose our support. She reluctantly accepted but was rarely sober during her her 9-month outpatient rehab program. Sadly, soon after, she got into methamphetamine.
   After living with many "party" friends, she spiraled down, ended up very addicted to meth, wound up on the street and stopped using when she discovered she was pregnant.
   That's about all I can share for now but promise to return with more of the abridged story.

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