Hi! I am a Maine-based author and writer. I strive to write from the heart, to be open to all possibilities, and to be curious about everything! I have always had a strong, intrinsic urge to put pen to paper. Crafting poetry and prose allows me to channel my creative energy while also providing a framework for processing my innermost thoughts and emotions. As a writer and poet, my work spans genres, and spaces: poetry, and nonprofits. My writing focuses on healing the mind and spirit. I am experienced in professional writing, including social media, and content writing. As an entrepreneur, I find great satisfaction and joy in creating the cover design for my books, as well as illustrations. I am the author of the memoir, Secrets: A Story of Addiction, Grief & Healing, and a children’s book called, A Magical Adventure into the Forest.
I am a Maine-based author, mom, and writer who lost a child through substance use disorder. I strive to write from the heart, to be open to all possibilities, and to be curious about everything! I have always had a strong, intrinsic urge to put pen to paper. Crafting poetry and prose allows me to channel my creative energy while also providing a framework for processing my innermost thoughts and emotions.
I began publishing my writing online with the hope that it would help families affected by addiction develop and share their unique voices and stories because silence is not an option. In addition to being an outlet for my own work, I am inspired by the strength and resilience that individuals continue to express as they face seemingly insurmountable challenges surrounding grief, loss, and recovery. The resilient spirit realizes that where there is darkness, there is also light, that love nurtures our soul, and hope gives us the strength to accept and continue our life journey.
I have a BS degree from the University of Maine. My concentrations of studies include Education, English, Creative Writing, and Library Science. I have studied, practiced, and believe in the power of self-healing using mindfulness, energy, and the natural elements to achieve mental and emotional wellness.
After Sarah died, I felt incredibly alone until two amazing ladies visited me a few months later. Sharon and Louise helped me to see that we don’t have to face our loss alone.
They had just formed a support group through GRASP (Grief After Substance Passing), and asked if I would be interested in joining the group. GRASP is a wonderful organization that offers support to friends and relatives who have lost someone to an overdose. Their support has been invaluable. They had each lost a child to overdose too, and together, we helped each other through our sorrow and grief. I finally realized that I was not alone and that there are wonderful people and groups out there doing amazing work.
I am actively involved in grief support and co-chair the Maine chapter of Team Sharing: A nationwide nonprofit that offers comfort and support to parents who have lost a child to substance use disorder. The Maine chapter has 85 members to date and there are more than 5000 members nationwide.
Yes, I am a mother who has lost a daughter to an overdose, but I am also the mother of three surviving adult children and a grandmother of eleven beautiful souls. Loss need not define us. It’s what we do with our life following tragic loss and grief that brings definition to our lives. I’ve provided links to GRASP and Teamsharing, Inc.