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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Friday, July 25, 2014

Number 42-Five Stars! Thank You!

5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!July 24, 2014
Ashley Marie Oland (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware) - See all my reviews
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Although I finished this incredibly thought-provoking book several weeks ago, it has taken me some time to be able to write a review of the same. The story of a family's growth and constant transition weaved around an honest tale of addiction provides the reader with an insight into the often misunderstood and over-generalized world of substance abuse and dependent/neglected children. The strength of the two grandparents highlighted in this book as well as the resiliency of the grandchild in question inspire one to be better to oneself as well as to one's immediate and extended family. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has regular interaction with individuals struggling with raising a relative's child as well as individuals struggling with addiction. A book you won't be able to put down.