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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Friday, September 5, 2014

Watch the Magazine Racks and Online

Just got the word that the November feature article on Brady, Stu and Me will not only come out in early October in the magazine on newstands but there will be some videos/ photos on the online magazine as well. How cool is that??!!! I'll let you know as date gets closer!
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Addict's Mom Grandparent to Grandparent (G2G)

If you are a grandparent raising a grandchild or a relative raising a child because of the disease of addiction, please make a request to join. I am the Administrator on this site and you will never feel alone or unsupported again.

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