Yes, I am the mom of an addict, and of a murder victim. But, that is not the end of my story; it is not the end of Jamie’s story.
I am the Author of five books, including the Award-Winning, “Still Standing After All the Tears,” Creator of the Nine Actions to Battle Your Beast, and the Still Standing Sisterhood.
In 2004, my 18 year old daughter, Jamie*was shot by her ex-boyfriend. Over the next decade, Jamie’s life spun further out of control and as a result, mine plunged into darkness. I would face the heartbreaking reality that my daughter was a heroin addict, and the painful truth that I was powerless to save her from her Addiction Beast.
After riding what I call the Roller Coaster From Hell, for nearly 13 years, I found a way to stand up and fight.
I started teaching the Nine Actions to Battle Your Beast – the very Actions that I used, to help countless moms of addicts, and others to put the pieces of their lives back together after all hell has broken loose. They are the Actions I used to stand up after Jamie’s death, and what I still use to keep standing.
On August 28, 2016, my worst fear came true – my precious daughter was murdered. Once again, I had to find the courage to stand up and fight; this time with a hole in my heart. There were days when I wasn’t sure I could get back up, but that is just what I did. Today, I fight even harder to help others, this time with my baby girl’s spirit by my side.
I am living proof that, even in your darkest hours, it is possible to stand up and reclaim your life. By the grace of God, the love and support of my husband Rich, my son Sean, my family and friends, I am still standing. It is my honor to stand with the incredible warriors on my team, the women in the Still Standing Sisterhood, and so many others who are fighting for their lives. One woman can make a difference, but together, we are changing the world.
*Before Jamie’s death, I chose to call her “Jordan,” out of respect for her story. Now, we tell our story together.