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What Happened After Rehab

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Names have been changed. It was a week after my mom returned home from court-ordered inpatient rehab. My home finally felt as it should, comfortable and full of laughter. My smile lingered as I left my mom and little sister playing their memory card game at the table in our living room. I went to […]

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Mother to My Mom

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Names have been changed. When I was little, I would come home from school to find my parents laughing together over a funny work story. My dad ran his mechanic shop while my mom volunteered at my little sister’s school. While they talked, my sister Evelyn colored another masterpiece for my mom to hang up […]

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Finding My Way Back to School

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Growing up, school was a place to escape troubles at home—substance abuse, arguing, and no privacy. I shared a bedroom with my mother, grandmother, and little sister. I often woke up to bickering between my mother and grandfather, who were both intoxicated, in the middle of the night. I got up early every morning and […]

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From Near Death to a Better Life

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When I was 4, I watched my father get arrested in our living room. I didn’t see or hear from him until five years later. My mom moved on to another man, and my sister and I got two little brothers. When my mom and their father broke up, the five of us moved to […]

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