Saying Goodbye

I want to acknowledge a horrible tragedy that happened to my family recently, but I’m not sure how to do it. Instead of using my own words, I’m going to let my husband’s words speak for me.

“I am not usually one to post this kind of stuff on Facebook but I also realize it is probably quickest way to reach everyone. This past week, I lost my 27-year-old brother after his long battle with the nasty, nasty disease of addiction. It is a disease I would wish upon no one. Perhaps if more people talked about addiction or knew that it can affect absolutely anyone — at any age, from any family, from all socioeconomic backgrounds — we could better address what has become an official public health crisis. Andrew was incredibly fortunate to have such a loving and caring family that went to the ends of the earth and back to try and help him recover but sometimes even the best fought battles with disease can’t be won. We love you and will miss you Andrew and I hope we can one day find a way to turn this tragic death into something positive that will help some other family struggling with addiction.

I also want to be certain to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who sent messages, came by the visitation, attended the funeral and provided love and support to our family this week. It makes me realize how truly blessed we are to have so many people that care about my brother and our family. It will of course be a difficult road ahead but I am comforted by the fact that we have so many people who have our backs. We love you all.”

Maybe one day I’ll find my own words, but for now I just wanted to share the story of what happened to a special human who is no longer with us because of the illness of addiction. Hug your people whenever you have the chance.

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