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From There to Here: Kelly’s Story

Addiction is a powerful disease. 

I never realized how powerful it was until I learned about my brother’s addiction. Once my immediate family became aware of my brothers addiction, my family became very dysfunctional. Some of us ignored the issue and some of us forced my brother to get help. He would go to rehab just to please our family but as soon as he would return home, he would immediately start using drugs. My heart would break but I never had the courage to say anything to him because I was afraid of him. Some nights he would take off in his car and my family and I would drive around for hours just to look for him because we were worried.  Deep down I knew my brother cared about how he was hurting our family, but his addiction was so powerful that he needed the drugs to live each day.

My brother finally decided to get help for himself and currently he is sober and the happiest he has ever been! He lives his life one day at a time and knows God has a plan for him. He has come to realize what he has put our family through and even though it was like a roller coaster, my family has become closer than we have ever been. After dealing with my brother, I knew I wanted to help other individuals who struggle with the disease of addiction.

As the assistant house manager of the Grace House I have met some amazing women and I am so amazed with the friendships that have been created. It is amazing to see how everyone supports one another during the good and the bad. It is amazing to see how every woman grows at the Grace House and it makes me smile that I can be a part of your journey!

-Kelly

One more thing . . .

N, 

I’m that “one more thing” kinda gal. One more look before you leave. One more thing I need. One more thing I’m forgetting. The “one mores” of everything. I thought I could always choose that one more thing. Do that one more thing. Maybe you did too. 

But now I want to tell you one more thing.

“Stay. I want you to make more memories. Don’t worry, we’ll deal with the sad, give you power and illuminate the good.”

So, do that one more thing…make the good choice, put the bad choice down, and just stay.

G

The candle flickers before the flame dies . . .

Marilyn MonroeDear Marilyn,

You transcended time. Your beauty and grace bought you fame and fortune and your wisdom bought my respect and admiration.

You died alone that day, and I always have to ask . . . What were you thinking? I have to believe that maybe, just maybe, things would have been different, could have been different. If only one person could have felt your pain . . could have let you know it didn’t have to mean the end. Maybe that one person could have been the difference between losing yourself to the drugs and finding your way out.

I wear a t-shirt with your funny, naughty smile. It’s a smile that moves the sun into the rainiest of days. A smile that proves God knew what he was doing when he made you.

My only wish is that you would have known that too.