“Dear God, please give me cancer. Give me any disease. Give me anything painful and I’ll carry it. I can handle it. Just don’t take my child from me.”
“Dear God, please give my child’s pain to me so that I can carry it for him. Please God. Please. He is hurting so much.”
“Dear God, please take away my son’s addiction. Please let me carry the pain for him. Give me a disease. Give me anything. Take all my limbs. I don’t care. Just let me have my son back.”
“Dear God, I promise you, if my son gets better I will not give up the fight. I don’t need to see my son sick and suffering in order to have the motivation to continue the fight. I see the pain all around me. I can’t ignore it. I will keep fighting. Please let my son get well so that I will have more energy for the fight. Please give me my son back.”
Just some of the many deals I tried to make with God over the years. Parents of sick children would do anything to help them become well again. ANYTHING! We would sacrifice our own lives if it was possible.
My faith got me through this painful journey. We are so grateful to have our son back. We have been blessed with an amazing gift, his recovery.
I made a promise that I intend to keep. I will never leave anyone behind in this battle. I will not rest until every person battling addiction on this Island has access to the treatment they need, even if they have to make 100 attempts at it. That 100th time can be the one that saves them.
I can't do it alone. I hope that you will join me (and all the others out there raising awareness) with your open mind and open heart in helping those suffering with this cold, cruel disease.