I grew up in St. Charles, Minnesota.
My hero is a woman I have met a few times at various functions names Gloria Englund. She lost her son a few years ago to a long battle with heroin addiction yet she still gets up on the podium to speak her experiences, she wrote a book and also has a website called Recoveringu.com that gives great advice and information on addiction to those in the community. If I was half as strong mentally and emotionally I would consider myself lucky.
The depth of darkness to where you can descend and still live is a measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach.
Pliny the Elder
One of the most inspiring quotes I have ever found on aspirations. I aspire to reach the sky because when you have been all the way down there's no place to go but up.
I am most hopeful that I will be able to save one person's life with my work as an addiction counselor. Just one and I will go from there.
I find that you don't have to make a million dollars to be kind, to have empathy, to treat others as you would like to be treated. I would hope my legacy will be the way that I touched others lives.
The most important thing to know about me is that I am a human being. I am the mother, the daughter, the aunt and the neighbor next door. I cherish the same things that the most ordinary human cherishes. I fight the good fight, and some days I win and other days I lose but I keep fighting because we are all worth a second chance.
I would like to think that through me others in the Cathedral's community will really get to know a face of recovery. That it might change some perceptions on who an addict is and what they are capable of. I hope that the Cathedral will become not only a supporter of me in my journey but of those in recovery in general. There are many ways to reach out to do this and I hope the Cathedral will be a staunch supporter for the recovery community's efforts in the future.