TODAY I AM 7 YEARS CLEAN
I’ve been inspired to run a race regarding the opiate crisis called “Flat Line to Finish Line.” There have been over 2000 people who have overdosed this year in Vancouver/Lower Mainland alone.
The message that I want to spread in the community is that recovery is possible. If I can help others to get help, even if it is just one person, I can help change that person’s world. I am hoping that through this run, the Vancouver BMO 2018 Marathon, I will be able to raise funds to help send someone to treatment and change the course of their lives.
Addiction doesn’t just affect those using, but also their families and loved ones. It takes a community to help the addict who is still suffering.
DONATE TO THIS GO FUNDME CAMPAIGN AND SUPPORT NEWWEST RECOVERY. Last Door and Westminster House are nonprofit charities that provide addiction treatment for youth and adults.
Here's my story of hope.
Today, March 27, 2011, I picked myself up off the street and started running for my life. I was in active addiction for 29 years, and at the end of the road al I could do was put one of my foot in front of the other and breathe in and out and not use. Running saved my life. It has been a long road coming home. I found that anything is possible and running makes me feel like I can do anything. Seven years ago, I was unemployable with no education. I was 42 years old, had absolutely no money. Addiction had handed me a shovel. And I just kept digging. I was able to make something out of nothing. It was the hardest thing I ever did in my life was to recover from the disease of addiction.
I have been very passionate about women’s issues. I have been able to publish a chapter in a scholarly journal on the sex trade industry. I earned a diploma in addictions services. I am a certified addictions counsellor.
I am a person in long-term recovery, with 7 years clean. I am currently employed and part of the New Westminster community, the recovery capital of the world. I have done plenty of service in the federal prisons alongside different services, with women who are incarcerated and doing life for drug-related crimes.
I used my freedom to go back into the prison where the depths of suffering goes unnoticed and spread the message of hope. I help and inspire other women by living by example. I also show up for the men in the community, and to be a positive female role model, as I have two sons in active addiction.
I publicly speak on the missing and murdered women and the issues that come with marginalized street-entrenched women, and I use my life and lived experiences to show that recovery is possible and that women like myself do recover. And that we have the right to recover.
With this opiate crisis, my biggest hope is that we don’t lose our freedom of choice. And that is the right to choose abstinent based recovery. “Flatline to Finish Line” for me is like coming back to life, and crossing the finish line is the beginning of the end. The beginning of new life and the ending of the old life.
You can help my cause by making a donation to my GoFund me page, and spread the awareness of this opiate epidemic. And thank you for celebrating my 7 years with me today.
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