Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This is CNN

Well THIS isn't CNN. I mean, I am not going to talk about any news other than my own news. Which is that I was ON HLN Evening Express last night.

You remember I talked about being interviewed. The producer, Micheal Timmermann and a photographer came to my house and spent the day with us. Super nice guy and very respectful to our story. He didn't use shocking stuff to say about me, or my kids, to grab people's attention, like some past local newspapers. He did exactly what he said he going to do. And I appreciated that the most. 

I think this story was more recovery focused, as he promised. That really is what the news should be talking about. And he did that. He's ahead of his game, in my opinion!

I always hope that I will stick to the experience, strength and hope for anytime I am asked to speak. And this time I accomplished that. People always ask me "why do you agree to do this?"  And people always ask me if I get paid.  I don't. I have no idea why my story catches the attention of news folks. But I feel like if I am asked, and my motivation is to share the message and reduce stigma, then I need to do it.

AND they let me write the whole piece below the videos.  I really liked that part.  But for god's sake, don't read the comments.  There are some sad folks out there.

I didn't get to see it on HLN Evening Express because I was in class BUT I guess Bob Forrest from Celebrity Rehab weighed in on my story after. I am so bummed I missed it!

The folks that have reached out to me because of this already have taken my breath away. I'm going to answer everyone. Thank you for sharing your stories with me and supporting this issue. We matter and we can change the way we are helped.

And thank you Micheal Timmermann with two n's. You showed what I wanted to show. 


  1. I am so proud of you! What an accomplishment for you to get off that substance.
    Not everyone is so dedicated, thus they fail to succeed.
    My son suffers his own addictions, now he has a damaged brain. He was born very smart and remained that way until he began using.

    Your children are blessed, and so are you.
    Thank you for going public with your experience.

    1. Thank you Donna!! I cannot imagine being the parent of an addict. I have four kids. I can only hope that they don't pick up. But if they do, I hope they can find recovery. It is all so hard to watch. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. I have two daughters they are both herion addicts. ..please pray for them

    1. Thank you for your comment. Like I said in the above comment, I cannot imagine how hard that must be. I hope they find recovery. It is possible for anyone.