Victor Orlando Woolson had only just turned 19 when he drowned in Lake Ontario in Oswego, NY.   He was a great, smart, funny, witty child.  He graduated High School with an Advanced Regents Diploma and was about to start his second year of college.  He lived at home. 


He was struggling to overcome a recent addiction to synthetics/bath salts (which were legal up until just before he died).  He found out that one store in our area was still selling them, purchased Avalanche in a store, smoked and went swimming and had a fatal reaction.  Yes, the Avalanche was banned by the Health Department, the Federal Government and the State Government.   Yes, the store is still open.  Yes, I got it raided and got the strictest laws possible at a County level passed.  


I attend a 13-week 'GriefShare' group at The Vineyard Church and it has helped tremendously.  I'm looking for more groups, online or locally.  I'm working on some memorial things I can do in my son's name.  I have grandchildren who are a godsend and I have renewed my love for Jesus and brought him to the front burner of my life and am seeking a local church.  The Vineyard is wonderful, but a one-hour drive from my home!


That's all for today.

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Comment by Barbara Rieger on January 11, 2013 at 12:41am

Hi Teresa, please accept my sincere condolences.

 Just wanted to acknowledge you and tell you I lost my only child Joe. He left our house on his motorcycle after Easter on 2010. Then a drunk driver took my precious son.

It's good that you are attending a "Grief Share" group and that it has helped you. I had gone to a local bereavement group but couldn't identify with anyone there.

Take good care of yourself.

Sending Love,


Comment by Tami on January 10, 2013 at 11:21pm
Hello Teresa, I am so sorry to hear about your son Victor. I'm glad that you found our site "Loss of a child" but sad for the reason you are here. I lost my 18 yr old son in a tragic motorcycle accident in 2009. Feel free to post anything in our group, we are all here for each other.

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