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.

"The Addict's Mom Sharing Without Shame" Video is so important whether addiction has touched your life or not. It's powerful. Please click on the link below to watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHNZbbePiKg

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Sorry I haven't blogged lately. I was invited to be an Administrator for "THE ADDICT"S MOM -SHARING WITHOUT SHAME" -a website of over 6,000 members and growing at a rate of 100 members every 3 days. This site is supportive and loving and open to not only moms of addicts but for anyone who has been impacted by addiction at any time in their lives (recovering addicts included). We gain insight, learn from each other and find comfort and support. We even get a few laughs. My job is on an off-shoot site called "The Addict's Mom g2g" (g2g means grandparents to grandparents). It focuses on the grandparent raising their child's child because the natural parent suffers from the disease of addiction and incapable of properly parenting. I'd say this is right up my alley and I feel honored to be able to give back!

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