Begin Your Journey to Awareness
Addiction Mental Illness Suicide Grief and Loss Hope
Journey with me as I share
the personal story
behind my memoir
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Welcome to My Blog
Journey with me as I share my personal story about losing my beautiful son, Matthew, to depression and alcoholism-related suicide at age 25. As painful as these last few years have been, I hope to inspire others by my strident commitment to rebuilding my life, brick by brick, while also working hard to increase awareness about mental health, addiction, and spiritual warfare.
Since Matthew's death in 2013 I have devoted my writing career to helping others within the field of addiction and dual diagnosis recovery. In addition to my day job, I have authored a memoir entitled My 13th Station, now available on Amazon.com. In this raw accounting of my son's struggle with depression and alcoholism over the last six years of his life, the reader joins me on that harrowing roller coaster ride, punctuated with gut-wrenching lows and the steep peaks of hope until the day Matt took his last breath.
My hope is that, through blogging about the hard topics of addiction, mental health, suicide prevention, and grief, I can help other parents by informing them about the early warning signs of distress, to use my own missteps as teachable moments, and, most of all, to encourage open discussion that reduce the stigma associated with these very human (and prevalent!) disorders.
Michaelango's Pietà depicts the
image represented as the 13th Station,
of the 14 Stations of the Cross.