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    Fighting the Beast of Addiction

    As a mother of someone in recovery my heart broke today. Not for my son, not for my military family, not even for myself but for every other son and mother out there who continue to fight the beast of addiction. My son was (is – if I’m willing to accept that) addicted to prescription meds and alcohol. Even after 3.5 years of recovery under his belt, I still have a hard time using addict or alcoholic to describe him. My baby is so much more than an addict, in fact if you met him (even at his “bottom”) you probably wouldn’t have suspected the demons he battled. Which is why today my heart was shattered when…

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    Military Family: Teens at Risk for Suicide

    For most of my adult life I have been a motivational speaker. I have trained and helped people from every age group, socio-economic background – military and civilian alike. I am a story teller. And the stories I share most often come from the pages of my life. Who knew that when we began our military life that our experiences would fuel the passion and fire I have for speaking and sharing the strategies I use to tackle the challenges. Ever since we became a military family I have seen the importance of shared experiences and how it helps others know that they aren’t alone. I believe it’s important to be authentic when your…

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    PTSD and It’s Effect on my Military Dependent

    Well as someone who believes that transparency is such an important part of blogging,  it is time for the Direction Diva to Bare it all… But while I will not bare my booty figuratively speaking, I will get “naked” with you by letting you see the reality of my life during what I have to say was the most difficult thing I have ever been through. You see up until a few months ago my son seemed like the typical healthy 19 year old attending college at Texas Tech University on various scholarships.  He had friends, enjoyed the freedom and seemed to be adjusting well. We were finally settling into the empty…