03 December 1960 - 12 October 2004
My birth mother sadly never healed from her inner demons due to childhood physical and sexual abuse at the hands of members of her own family. Then, when she was an adult, she lost custody of every living child she had to the foster care system, myself being her oldest daughter. When her and I reconnected upon me reaching adulthood, I was becoming a new mother myself and the deeply ingrained yet forever unhealed trauma she experienced in her past came bubbling to the surface. After my son was born, she was unable to handle watching me go through a custody battle with my son's father. I think witnessing my struggle as a parent, pushed her over the edge due to flashbacks of her own past, and unfortunately, she took her own life 6 months after my son was born. If she could only have known that things do get better...I will always love and miss you mom!