Every single Mom I have ever met who has a child struggling with the disease of addiction, will be able to relate to this powerful testimonial by Former WWE Westler, Marc Mero. It is a powerful, honest and love filled testament to a mother’s love. My grandson’s Mom came across it and sent it to me. I know it will touch your heart as profoundly as it did mine.
This is a powerful story of unconditional love.
My son Nathan once said to me, “Mom you can’t understand me, just love me”. The love I had for my son when he was deep in his addiction or taking a brief break over 23 years of hardcore heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and meth addiction, was always the same. It was unconditional. Of course he was more “likeable” when he was not using, but my love for him never waivered. It was constant. It was real. It was deep. It was an unbreakable bond.
Extended family all to often completely walk away. Siblings, who are so profoundly affected often say, “enough”. Sibling truly are the “unseen” victims of a brother or sisters addiction. And tragically, fathers all to often give up. From my experience, it is the Moms who keep trying. It is the Moms who never give up. It is the Moms who maintain that unbreakable bond. It is the Moms who keep encouraging and believing and loving, even when their child’s behavior is most unlovable.
This testimonial could be for any one of the Mom’s who never gave up. Who continue to love. Whose love is unconditional always.
When our child is deep in their addiction, they have no idea of the co-lateral damage caused by their addiction. They truly believe they are the only one who is being affected. That is one of the false realities they live with. But as we who love them know, our devastation is raw. It is not until the drug use ends that the person who struggled with the addiction gains clarity.
Please watch this story and warning: You will need a tissue. This will touch your heart profoundly
As Moms, as parents, as families we must continue to stand up, speak out and advocate to end the stigma and shame around addiction, so those living in the shadows of addiction will reach out for help. We have lost far to many to this horrific disease. Thousands of lives lost every year. Families completely devastated. Societal resources and first responders stretched to the max.
Take care of yourself and remember you are not alone, I truly care.