By Karen Best Wright, B.S., M.A., Health Education
There are so many grandparents who are raising their grandchildren because alcohol and drug addictions took control of their own children's lives. Sometimes it is easy for me to feel that I (having had 8 children) have experienced about everything one could experience. If I were to write in depth my entire life as a mother, it would be a mixture of a love story and horror movie. As I read the stories of other mothers who have lost their children to addictions, I feel a bit ashamed of my self-pity. While, yes, some of my kids have experimented with drugs, which did cause them and me some issues, I have never had to experienced the raw pain of true addictions.
Lynn Gassel, a grandmother raising a grandson due to the death of her daughter's drug addiction, tells her story in her book, "Fifth Child." Even though her daughter died clean and sober, the drugs had ravaged her body and destroyed her circulatory system. Lynn's is a riveting story of one family's unspeakable tragedy and triumphant path to recover. Learn more about Lynne, her story, and her writings from her directly. Her blog is fifthchildblog.blogspot.com.
I am in the middle of reading Lynn's book now. I highly recommend learning more about Lynn, especially if you have dealt with a family member's addictions. All of you grandparents who have personally written me, I just wish I knew you all personally.
Karen, A grandmother in love with her grandchildren
Karen Best Wright, B.S., M.A.
Author of the Upcoming Book
I Love You from the Edges: A Love Story of Raising my Grandchildren and Then Having to Give Them Back – Resulting in a Journey of Love and Healing