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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Saturday, July 2, 2016


FIFTH CHILD:THE NEXT VERSION will be on Amazon within the next month. I'll shout as soon as it's available. After living with all the technical errors and less than exciting cover, I decided to re-write and edit. Although most chapters remain somewhat the same, there has been some major editing and additional chapters. If you liked the first version, you'll love the second. If you've never read it, please do. With addiction becoming epidemic across our country and finally receiving the much needed attention from Washington DC; it is very timely. I hope my story will help others especially those embroiled in the flames of addiction as well as families who want knowledge.

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