January 21, 2013
Today is Martin Luther King Day and I wanted to honor Dr. King’s memory and talk a bit about an ordinary Mom’s dreams, a Mom who wants to change the world – to educate people about addiction and mental illness. Twenty-nine years ago, my dream came true and I gave birth to Lance, a beautiful baby boy. He had ten fingers, ten toes and seemed perfect in every way. Fast forward to about 2002, a family of four boys and a journey through the world of drug addiction and mental illness. My dreams turned to nightmares. I never dreamed we would enter into a world I knew nothing about: addiction and later, mental illness…. Without a known family history of addiction and mental illness, these issues were not in my realm of consciousness. Be that as it may, I vowed to do anything I could to save my firstborn son who was smart, athletic, popular, the one everyone looked up to and idolized – until our world crumbled. Today, my dreams are different than they were 29 years ago but I am happy to say they are filled with gratitude, faith and pride. My son’s mental disorder is stable and he is about to celebrate three years of recovery from substance abuse, a true miracle. I encourage you to hold on to your dreams and although they may materialize differently than imagined, we can still find gratitude, peace and serenity. It may not be easy but if I can do it, anyone can!
In memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all those who have dreams, keep dreaming and never give up until the miracle happens.