I had three people tell me to read this obituary a woman wrote about her sister who died at thirty-two after a long struggle with addiction.
While I am most moved by the first part that describes Madelyn and shows the clear love of her family for her, I am excerpting the end below because it contains a message for us as health care professionals.
If you yourself are struggling from addiction, know that every breath is a fresh start. Know that hundreds of thousands of families who have lost someone to this disease are praying and rooting for you. Know that we believe with all our hearts that you can and will make it. It is never too late.
If you are reading this with judgment, educate yourself about this disease, because that is what it is. It is not a choice or a weakness. And chances are very good that someone you know is struggling with it, and that person needs and deserves your empathy and support.
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