April 18, 2020

“I sat with my anger long enough, until she told me her real name was grief.”

~unknown 

Recently, in our family, we have had some social issues. With the looming anxiety of the global pandemic, adding another layer of grief and anxiety only compounds how helpless we all...

February 5, 2020

In the aftermath of the Opioid Epidemic, there are so many children left without their parents. If they are lucky, they will be raised by a relative and not have to become part of the foster care system.  A healthy percentage of children who have lost their parents to...

October 24, 2019

Sandra Saunders of Integrated Addiction Care reached out to me and I would like to share what she has to say:

“The practice was founded by Dr. David Stern who lost his son at 23 years old to Substance Use Disorder. He has put together a practice that he feels would have...

September 18, 2019

All too often, when we are so busy with our lives, we tend to forget about ourselves. People like Brad Krause of selfcaring.info/ are here to help! Brad sent an article that he wrote about self care to #doitforshelby and I would really like to share it with you.

Take go...

July 21, 2019

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there were 1,268 overdose deaths in Tennessee alone.  That is too many lost lives. Community members, partners and leaders alike are affected by the opioid epidemic. The TN Dept of Health is hoping to change that with th...

July 7, 2019

It has been a while since I have posted an actual blog post. Life gets busy and things tend to fall to the back burner. I suppose it is easier for me to share things on the Doitforshelby Facebook Page, but I am back on the blog!

As some of you may know, in addition to #...

March 14, 2019

Cameron Christopher King was 21 when he died as a result of his addiction on April 8, 2018. Sonia Darlene Bain, his mother, works as an EMT and sits in the back of the ambulance with patients. She says just one thing can trigger her grief and her face floods with tear...

February 23, 2019

Loperamide is the active ingredient in Imodium, the over the counter drug that stops diarrhea. Lately, people have been taking it in dangerously high doses to either curb opiate withdrawal symptoms or to obtain the same euphoric feeling they can only get from opiates.

L...

October 24, 2018

The holidays are on the way and for many of us, this can be an extremely difficult time. The Kemmons-Wilson Center for Good Grief at Baptist is offering a workshop for coping with grief through the holidays. There are several workshops and space is limited, so sign up...

October 11, 2018

I met Laura Smith online through a Facebook grief group called Moms Who Lost a Child to Fentanyl Poisoning . She started this group in an effort to bring awareness to the deadly opiate that has ravaged our nation’s families. Her son, Anthony Michael Smith, was affected...

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