Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Meet Kate


Kate is my friend Candace's little sister. Candace and I were teachers with neighboring classrooms in a community based early learning program in Nashua, NH. Kate joined our close knit family of co-workers as a teaching assistant. The kids loved her and she loved them. She was barely out of high school back then, and was finding her way in the world. Eventually, she left the child care program for a better job. Much later, I moved on to sell real estate. I have always stayed in touch with both Candace and Kate. Now that I am 800 miles away, facebook has helped keep us connected.

I knew that Kate has had some struggles in her life, but I never knew the details. Her family isn't one to air their troubles on social media. Yesterday, her sister, in desperation, reached out to all her friends because Kate needs help. She has been battling an opiate addiction.
Heroin. 
Her family is desperate to save her. Kate has gone through detox and is now at an intensive 28 day treatment program, but her insurance deductible is huge. The program will only keep her if she can find a way to pay the deductible. Her family has already been stretched thin with helping to cover the costs of getting her through treatment. Candace has started a "go fund me" campaign to raise the money. 
Heroin addiction affects families of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Addiction knows no boundaries.
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5 comments:

  1. Michele, we just went to a funeral of a 19 year old who OD'd (accidentally) on heroin. It's apparently becoming a serious problem with young people. Here's a bit on Zafer: http://www.biofuels.coop/good-bye-z Such a sad waste of their bright potentials.

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    1. Laurie, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend's son. This is the very thing that Kate's family fears.

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  2. When I went to Kate's site yesterday, it looked like there was a lot of support. It's good to have a chance to help before it's too late. Thanks for sharing her story.

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    1. They met their goal and a little more!

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  3. Thank you for sharing this Michele. I pray she can kick it and has the continued support of her friends and family throughout her life. I wish Big Pharma could be made to kick in for addiction treatment.

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