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If Anything Good Can Come Out of My Daughter's Overdose Death

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Pictured: Ashley and I two years ago when she was recovering

My daughter Ashley Chere Wise, 29 died of an overdose to heroin. She battled an on going drug addiction since teenage years. Her story is similar to so many other victims. She was sweet, had so much potential, has a 6 year old daughter. And it is a horrible disease, an epidemic. What I want to touch on is all the talk about what to do about this horrible truth that's robbing all of us parents from all walks of life, of our precious children. I was a follower of this Facebook Heroin Support Group, well before my daughter died. I read the many sad story's and just got more scared, prayed harder, but still didn't know what to do for my addict children.

When I was a young parent, if you would have told me that two of my children were gonna be heroin/drug addicts, I wouldn't have believed it. I was in shock when I found out my son was shooting up with needles. Ashley's death threw me for a loop, cause I thought she was in a treatment center for long term and was finally getting the help I had prayed for and I had a faith that I honestly felt God would not let that happen. Apparently she walked out of sentenced treatment and I didn't know they could just walk out so I was unaware that she was on the streets. I asked my 27 year old son, who also is an addict, on the way back from lowering Ashley into the ground, was there anything I could have done to save her?! Him, being the same way, if he was "jonesing " and had it on his mind to get fixed, could I have called or said something to make a difference. He didn't feel so. And I realize everyone's story is similar but different too.

I have come to the conclusion that once they come to be addicts, it is tough as nails to get them to quit and if they don't want to be helped, it's hard to help them and I'm sure they really do want to be helped and it's gotta be extremely difficult! And a small percentage make it and live to tell their awesome recovery story and we all hope that that's gonna be our child. I feel the focus for the future of this epidemic is to get through to our children now, who are not users. Before they try it. To really educate if possible. I believe it would be maybe easier to prevent it, then to cure it. I have a third child who is 19 years old and he is the youngest. He is 8 years younger then my middle son. He has watched all the awful things his siblings have gone through over drugs over the years and he has his own issues that surely would have caused him to experiment with drugs and didn't. When he was 14 he had major surgery where they put a bar in his chest to raise his sternum and rib cage and they put him on morphine and he didn't want it, so the doctor really felt he needed pain meds though, so changed it to vicadin and when we went home, he wouldn't take them. He was in slit of pain but he refused. I couldn't force him. And a few months back, I had a hard time convincing him to come to the funeral but he did and he had a hard time and missed the burial the next morning cause he was complaining of medical issues and so his father took him, (Ashley's stepdad) so that I could make it to the burial and they diagnosed it as being anxiety.

So I can't help but wonder if him being raised with the knowledge and seeing what happened to his sister and how badly his brother suffers, even though he struggles himself with life, that he realizes drugs and alcohol aren't the answer to a better life. If anything good can come out of my daughters death, perhaps it was helping preventing her brother and her daughter and maybe others from ever trying it, cause it's easier for us to say "NO!" when we aren't already addicted to it. 

Thank you.

Ashley's Mom

 

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Heroin Memorial - 2017/10/04 - Franco Cichocki - Age 40 yrs - Bridgeview, Illinois

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Submitted by: Mercy Cichocki - Spouse

Name: Franco Cichocki
State:  Illinois, 60455
Date of Passing: 10 / 04 / 2017
Date of Birth: 07 / 09 / 1977
Age: 40 

Tell Us About Them:

Franco was always the most magnetic person in the room. He drew people in with his smile and jokester attitude. He had a hard time opening up about his feelings but when he did it was very real. He was a jack of all trades, could fix or build anything. He was very protective of his loved ones and would do anything for his mother, his wife, and his kids.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Franco battledv the disease of addiction for many years. It caused him to be in and out of prison and jail a lot, more often in than out. The last couple years of his life he spent living on the streets of Chicago.


What Made Them Smile?

Franco loved cars. Fixing them and driving them. He considered himself a sort of amateur race car driver, often scaring the hell out of me as he was driving 110 mph on the interstate.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss the way he always smelled good, even after a day of work. I miss the way I always felt safe with him, like nothing could ever hurt me as long as he was there. I miss how he always kept his cooleven when I was having a meltdown. I even miss how he always wanted me to rub his back or his head to put him to sleep.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

If I had a chance to say one more thing to him it would be that even though things got bad for us, I never stopped loving him.

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Dear Addict Haters:

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Dear Addict Haters:

Hello, you don’t know me but I am an addict. I am one of the “junkies” you love to bash whenever someone mentions addiction on social media or hear it in conversation. I know it’s hard to forgive the things we sometimes do because of our addiction, but I have a question for you. What is the worst thing you have ever done? Obviously, I won’t get an answer to this question but think about it. The thing that you hate that you did. You know, that one thing that not too many people even know about. Well, what if everyone knew about it? What if for the rest of your life you were labeled by that one act that you would erase in a second if you had the chance? That is what being an addict is like, kind of. Now, I don’t feel like being an addict is the worst thing a person can be or do. You, however, feel like it’s a terrible thing. Don’t get me wrong: If I could erase it from my life, I would. In an instant, it would be gone, but I don’t have that option. I can’t even do what you do and pretend that this thing I did didn’t happen. In order for me to ensure it never happens again, I have to work hard on making sure it doesn’t. If I don’t, my disease will tell me I can have a drink or do a line and not fall back into full-blown addiction, but I will.

Do you work hard to make sure your worst thing never happens again? Let me guess... you are thinking, Addiction is not a disease. It’s a choice. Right?
Yes, all addiction starts with a choice.

The same damn choice you made when you were young and hanging out with friends. You drank the same beer I drank. The same pot I smoked. You even tried the same line of white stuff someone put in front of you at a party. You were able to walk away and not take it to the extreme.

Since I have the disease, I will spend the rest of my life either struggling to stay high or fighting to stay clean.
As children, we don’t decide we would rather be an addict instead of a cop.

You don’t see children pretending that their dolls and stuffed animals are dope sick.

When is the last time you talked to a little girl who told you she couldn’t wait to grow up so she could turn tricks to feed the insatiable hunger of her drug addiction?

My sister didn’t tell me about her exciting plans to become homeless.

My dad, not one time, told my mother to think twice before marrying him because he had high hopes of becoming an angry drunk.

I damn sure didn’t blow out my candles as a child wishing for a substance abuse disorder because I couldn’t wait for the day my beautiful daughters were taken from me by CPS.

Nobody wants to have substance use disorder.

Some of us just do.

So always remember:

You made those same choices, too.

You just got lucky that it was me and not you.

If you still have doubts, you can take those up with the Center for Disease Control or the United States Surgeon General. They have classified addiction as a disease, but then again... I am sure you know more about it than they do, right?

I pray that you don’t have to reevaluate these opinions because you find out your child or parent is an addict. If you do, just know that we will accept you into our community. We will help your loved one. Do you know why we would do that? Because we are good people who just want the chance to live like everyone else.
So please, before you write another post bashing people who are suffering, think about it. Not only are you hurting the people who have the disease, you could be hurting everyone that loves them. You have people on your friends list or might overhear you at work who have children who are suffering right this moment from addiction. What did they do to deserve the awful things you put out into the universe that do nothing but perpetuate hate and judgment?

You have a right to your opinion. But no matter what, hurting people is wrong."

- Author Unknown

#ENDTHESTIGMA

Mi-HOPE (Michigan HOPE)(Michigan HOPE) is a passionate group of individuals personally affected by the heroin, prescription and substance abuse epidemic in our state and in our communities.

 

 

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/10/23 - Katie Strobel - Age 26 yrs - Burlington, Kentucky

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2015/10/23 - Katie Strobel - Age 26 yrs - Burlington, Kentucky

Submitted by: Janis Strobel - Parent

Name: Katie Strobel
State:  Kentucky, 41005

Date of Passing: 10 / 23 / 2015
Date of Birth: 07 / 07 / 1989
Age: 26 

Tell Us About Them:

She was bigger than life, and could put a smile on anyone's face. She had a heart of gold.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

She fought the disease and addiction hard for 5 years before it finally won and took her from everyone that loved and cared about her. She was in a lot of pain and she is free now.


What Made Them Smile?

Her daughter


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

To say everything is an understatement, but most of all her sense of Her humor, smile, and laugh.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I miss you more than anything. I can't wait to hold you in my arms again and never let you go.I LOVE you. Fly high baby girl. XOXO

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 Below is a video our nonprofit here created from pictures that members from the private group at Heroin Memorial gave us permission to use in our public YouTube video to help break the STIGMA around addiction.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/11/15 - Brady McCready - Age 24 yrs - Kingston, New Hampshire

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2016/11/15 - Brady McCready - Age 24 yrs - Kingston, New Hampshire

Name: Brady McCready

 

Tell Us About Them:

Brady loved Playing basketball with his brother and friends. He was a best friend to many and proud dad to his newborn baby girl... He will be greatly missed.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Brady struggled with opiates for over 6 years in and out of detox and rehabs... He tried his best but unfortunately his demons got the best of him.


What Made Them Smile?

His brother, friends, family and daughter


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His laughter and kind outgoing personality


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

We all love you so much, please don't give up...

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 Below is a video our nonprofit here created from pictures that members from the private group at Heroin Memorial gave us permission to use in our public YouTube video to help break the STIGMA around addiction.

Click here to Purchase Wristbands to support Heroin Support Inc, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit.  Below are some of the wristbands we carry.   

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