June 2019 Newsletter
Prayer request for this month: Please pray this month for those you know who are struggling with addictions. There are many types of addictions - Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, just to name a few.
A Word From Our Director ~ Pastor Andrew Pistone
At the Mission, we continually come in contact with people who are struggling with addictions - and multiple other challenges. We must do all we can to bring the message of Jesus to the lives of every one of these souls who is toying with death via drugs and alcohol. It's not enough to live a “clean” life – free of addiction. We are all sinners. Each one of us must realize our depravity and follow God's perfect plan of redemption - and then receive His promise of eternal life in heaven with Him.
Below you will read a story by a mother who tells about her daughter’s life and addiction.
My Daughter’s Story
By: Michelle Schwartzmier
My Daughter Died From an Overdose. I'm Sharing Her Story to Help Others.
“Tell them my story.”
My 20-year-old daughter Casey said these words to me not long before she died of a heroin overdose on January 15, 2017: “Tell them my story.”
Even though the drugs had a grip on her life, Casey never wanted to be defined by her addictions and mistakes; but - she said that if something were ever to happen to her, she'd want me to write an honest obituary about her death. “I would want to help someone else - to make them feel less alone,” she explained, “Even if it's just one person.” I trembled at the thought of this.
About a week after she told me that she wanted an honest obituary, in our home – in the same room where we had tea parties and bedtime stories, slumber parties and mother-daughter nights with snapchats and long talks — she overdosed.
Now, seven months later, as I walk through that room every day, the memories of a little girl dancing with her younger brother and snuggling with her dog are overshadowed by images of CPR and tears.
Casey overdosed sitting next to her packed suitcase. She was supposed to leave for rehab. the next day. She wanted to try again, to make a better life, to live. She had hope. I had hope.
Six days later, it was over. She died in the hospital - the same hospital where I work as a radiology technician.
It was time for me to keep my promise - to fulfill Casey's wish, and write her obituary with the transparency that we had discussed. So, I did.
When I wrote it, I specifically stated that she died of a heroin overdose. She wanted me to be honest about everything – and not sugar-coat the reason for her death.
Most importantly, she wanted to help break the stigma that's attached to people who are addicted to drugs; and maybe get people talking about the problem of addiction that is taking so many lives.
Casey was a beautiful, intelligent child of the suburbs who fell into the grip of drug addiction. It can happen to anyone. She was feisty and outspoken, but would do anything for anyone, and always lit up the room with her smile and her sense of humor – even while struggling with her demons. She loved her family deeply, wanted to play with every child she came across and wanted to adopt every animal she saw.
Casey believed strongly in second chances – maybe because she craved a second chance for herself and other addicts; so, she donated her life-saving organs to give someone else a second chance at life.
That was my daughter, Casey. She was an amazing young woman, and I'm hoping that people will remember her for the positive things she did in her life – and not for the weaknesses that took her life.
She believed that hiding the cause of her death would not help anyone; but that if honesty about her overdose could help just one addict push even harder for one more day of sobriety, encourage an active user to choose recovery, or shine a light on this horrible epidemic – then it would be worth coming out of the shadows. She did not want me to keep the cause of her death a secret.
Casey wanted to live. She had dreams of a future, and of having her own children. She fought hard until the end – one day away from entering rehab., but she couldn't break the chains of this demon that's wiping out a generation.
She wasn't just a number when she died. She was a daughter, sister, niece, cousin, friend, and a person who was loved.
Addiction doesn't discriminate. It's not just found in the destitute and homeless. It can hide in the faces of people all around us, and it will destroy anyone in its path – including the families and the loved ones of the addict.
Casey talked about the possibility of helping just one person, but because of our openness about her cause of death, I have gotten responses from many people who have been prompted to seek help with their own addictions. They had been reminded that a 20-year old life was gone…and that it could happen to them, too.
REACH OUT, GET HELP, SPEAK UP
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, you're not alone. You have others around you who have walked the same path. Please get help. If you haven't been touched by addiction yet, you probably will be. Please learn about it. Knowledge can be a strong weapon. It's time to give this epidemic the attention it needs, or it will continue to devastate and destroy our families and our communities. Social standing, race, and religion don't matter – because, again – addiction doesn't discriminate.
I will continue to tell the story of Casey's addiction and death. Maybe the death of my daughter - a 20-year old - who was so young and vibrant, will encourage someone who is in the grip of addiction while there's still time to get help.
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