To My Sister Warriors-Happy Mother’s Day

To My Sister Warriors-Happy Mother’s DayI woke up this morning, with no intention of writing. But as I was doing my morning scroll of Facebook, I realized something. We are an incredibly special group of moms, united by addiction, into a sisterhood of a lifelong bond.

Some of us have lost loved ones.

Some of us have loved ones still struggling.

Some of us have sons and daughters currently in prison.

Some of us have been blessed to have our children in recovery.

THESE are the women are who fearless.

THESE are the women who have busted down drug dealer’s doors to pull their daughter out.

THESE are the women who have given their son CPR, in a frantic moment of saving their life.

THESE are the women who don’t sleep at night, but yet go to work every day, with fear in their stomachs and a fake smile on their face.

THESE are the women who have been spit on, screamed at, stolen from, but yet love their child even more, as they know it’s the addiction doing these horrible things.

THESE are the women who have seen and experienced things that will haunt them in their dreams for a lifetime.

THESE are the women who do better research than the FBI.

THESE are the women who uplift each other in prayer and strength with complete strangers.

THESE are the women who shed tears for total strangers and celebrate little victories.

I write this with tears…tears of love, sadness and admiration. These women are the most beautiful women I have ever been connected with. I have formed incredible relationships and most I have never met.

Happy Mother’s Day to these women, my sisters, I love you all.


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  1. Rose A. May 8, 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

    A blessed Mother’s Day to you as well. Thanks for all you do!

  2. Dotsey Matey May 8, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

    So beautifully said and thank you! Happy Mother’s Day to you as well!

  3. Peggy May 8, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

    So beautifully written??

  4. Jennifer Lazzaro May 8, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Happy Mother’s Day to you beautiful lady ☺Thank you for posting this! You have made my day! I’m an addict with a little over five years sober from heroin. Your words have touched me deeply. I know I put my friends and family through hell while I was using. The pain I feel now for the things I did is sometimes unbearable. Some of my friends and family have forgiven me and some haven’t. I’ve been blessed with my daughter Emma-Lee she’s two and my son Ricky he’s three. They’re my rocks my everything! Every day I get down on my knees and thanks god for my babies. Happy Mother’s Day! I hope it’s filled with laughter and memories you can look back in and smile! ??

    • Judy May 8, 2016 at 9:56 pm - Reply


    • Sage May 9, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      Congrats on 5 years!! Thats awesome!! We are all rooting for you!…prayers to you and your family!!

  5. Kathy May 8, 2016 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Thank you for your continued encouragement!
    Happy Mother’s Day to you, Katie!

  6. Melissa Huffman May 8, 2016 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Thank you so much, Happy Mothers day to you.

  7. Lauri May 8, 2016 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Happy Mothers Day to you and all of the other moms out there! I’m praying for you everyday!!

  8. Kathy Tyrrell May 8, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

    You Have A Happy And Blessed Mothers Day

  9. Wendi Peterson May 8, 2016 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Amen! And Happy Mothers Day to you as well! ?❤️? ~W

  10. Marian O'Neil Smith May 8, 2016 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Some of this I have gone through, some I have not, some I dread I will. I thank you & all the women, & support groups out there that have helped me countless number of times. For all I hope someday all Mother’s & their children will have a peace that they get to share together. God Bless Enjoy your day ladies. Happy Mother’s Day to Mother’s everywhere

  11. Shelly May 8, 2016 at 11:41 am - Reply

    Thank you Katie .. Happy Mother’s Day to you?? this post made me feel better. You are SO ON POINT. I get up .. Go to work smile , teach my classes, people don’t have the clue how heart broken we are .
    Enjoy your day!

  12. Liz Appleby May 8, 2016 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Thank you, that was beautiful – I just read this after receiving a call from my son Joe – who lives 19 hours from me. He said “Mom, I wish I could send you flowers” but to me his calling was worth more than flowers. Everything you said is true – but times like now, I feel like I am going to lose it. I can’t stop thinking about this, I’ve been through this before – he remained cleaned for 2 years, what peace we had. Now all hell has broken lose and all I can do is pray for him. Is it terrible to think about his funeral? Is it terrible that I feel so helpless and drained and not want to deal with this anymore? I have three other children who are also struggling with this – waiting to get that phone call that their brother Joey has passed away. What a way of life for us. I can only be thankful that at this minute, he is still alive. Today, I will be thankful for all my children – remembering all the good times we had, and hoping to put all this hell in god’s hands because I can’t handle it anymore. Happy Mother’s Day to you all.

  13. Donna May 8, 2016 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you

  14. Barbi May 8, 2016 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    This is absolutely beautiful and says it all!! Thank you!

  15. Judy May 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Happy Mothers Day ❤️

  16. Jodie May 8, 2016 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the beautiful letter.

  17. Karen May 8, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    For ten years my family went through torment. As a mom I screamed, I cried, I begged GOD, I stood up the demon of addition and defied him to loosen my baby boy’s soul that he gripped. I was relentius on letting my son be on that list. I became so Intense and driven that it was almost insane…and then…when it looked like hope was gone GOD showed up and from that point to this point has been free for 5 years. Moms you are your children’s strongest link…let me encourage you..IF HE did it for mine HE can do it for yours. Understanding breaking the chains of addition is a sacrifice of relentless praying and putting your trust in a higher POWER. Another mother who knows your pain…karen

  18. Kim May 8, 2016 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    What an amazing bond you ladies have. Hopefully there will be a day when no moms will need this kind of bond. Happy Morher’s Day Katie. I love you, you crazy muthah??

  19. Brin May 8, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    I appreciate all of you wonderful mothers.
    The pain we share bonds us together.
    Keep loving and hoping

  20. Jill Herrington May 8, 2016 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Thank you Katie. Happy Mother’s Day to you as well. I lover and appreciate your writing. Your blog has helped me share our stories with those who are not affected by addiction. It is helping to bring our lives out of the darkness and into the light. God Bless You.

  21. Kathy May 8, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your beautiful words. I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!!

  22. Maunie May 8, 2016 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    This was beautiful. I’m blessed to NOT be alone in this walk. My beautiful educated daughter sits today in a jail because of this dreaded disease. I never ever give up HOPE. God bless you and all us mothers who no matter what, continue to love with all our hearts

  23. Renee Rumph May 9, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Thank you Katie. Beautifully said. Imagine if none of us went through this horrible disease; we never would have met. I am grateful and honored to be part of such a strong group of Mom’s and Dad’s. I met you for rhe first time recently. Your light shined through. God bless you and happy Mother’s Day. ?

  24. Marietta Clark May 9, 2016 at 11:54 am - Reply

    So so beautifully said . May I please share with your name ? You hit the nail right on the head….we all I think appreciate you..and you sharing your journey with u .

    • Katie May 9, 2016 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      Thank you Marietta, I really appreciate that!! Feel free to share, I would be honored 🙂

  25. Liz May 10, 2016 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for this post. Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  26. shari May 20, 2016 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Absolutely perfectly said!!! I really like the quote “better research than the FBI” How true!!!

  27. Kate May 27, 2016 at 11:00 am - Reply

    I recently started reading your blog but intentionally skipped this one. I went back and read it today. My boyfriend was finally transferred from county jail to inpatient. This will be his first time in any treatment. I held off on this particular blog entry because my boyfriend lost his mother when he was 11 years old (and shortly after she passed, his father and brother did as well). I wish everyday that his mother was still alive as I know she would have been there every step of the way. His sister and aunt are great supports for him but no substitute for mom. Kudos to all you moms sticking by your children. And for any girlfriends or wives reading this – I feel you! Hang in there sisters! Thank you to all who comment and to Katie and Brittany for sharing your journey. It gives me hope – which in this situation can be hard to come by.

  28. Jess June 23, 2016 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    I love you Katie! Thank you for teaching me how to be strong.

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