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At 2:00pm on January 25, 2011, Carrie L said…
Hi Sharon Nicholas reminds me of my georgeous son also. so sad we have to be reminded of our sons instead of having them here to love like we do and always will. I am reminded of my precious son by all humans and alert to the fact that i didn't have forever with him like i thought i did. it really saddens me. and you i am sure. how are you doing? i guess we are all about the same. in some sort of way. yesterday was harder than yesterday and i have been particularily sad lately. i think i am going in and out of reality of the truth of the matter. wish i never got that call. my life would be a lot happier i think. take care carrie L
At 12:02pm on January 25, 2011, Terri - Autumn's Mom said…

Hi Sharon,

First of all I want to say how sorry I am about Nickolas.  He was a great looking kid with beautiful eyes.  The way he's flexing his muscles in your main picture reminds me of my own 17 year old son and made me smile.  They're so funny at that age.  Also, I really enjoyed your power point for his birthday.  What an adorable little guy.

Thanks for your response to my posting on the main wall. 

You really summed up how I feel, I also feel like I'm in a facade, just going through the motions.

A lot of what you said really made sense and made me think.  I never thought about having the autopsy report sent and not looking at it.  That's a good idea. 

Initially the coroner thought it was the flu.  Autumn had a lot of health issues and pain and would take 5 Tyelnol PM just to sleep, even though I told her how dangerous that was.  The coroner said they would be able to tell if she took 5 or if she took a whole bottle. Honestly the cause of her death whether it was an illness, accident or on purpose doesn't matter to me.  I'm wondering if it's bothering me because it will really make it final and real or what my deal is.  But I do appreciate your ideas and encouragement.  You said a lot of things that were thought provoking and have even distracted me from crying for awhile.  :-)  Thanks again!

 

At 7:52pm on January 18, 2011, valerie moore said…
HI SHARON,  HOPE ALL IS WELL ... OR AS WELL AS IT CAN BE.  I DO MISS HEARING FROM YOU////  I MANAGED TO GET THRU THE HOLIDAYS SOMEHOW-THEN THE NEW YEAR . ANOTHER YEAR WITHOUT MY DUSTY.  HOW ARE YOU??  HUGS, VALERIE
At 7:52pm on January 18, 2011, valerie moore said…
HI SHARON,  HOPE ALL IS WELL ... OR AS WELL AS IT CAN BE.  I DO MISS HEARING FROM YOU////  I MANAGED TO GET THRU THE HOLIDAYS SOMEHOW-THEN THE NEW YEAR . ANOTHER YEAR WITHOUT MY DUSTY.  HOW ARE YOU??  HUGS, VALERIE
At 1:23pm on January 2, 2011, valerie moore said…
hello my dear friend. oh how i have missed you.... the days continue to go by with much pain and sadness, the 2nd year is far worse, and i am sad that a new year has begun without my dusty with me.  reality is here.  life is worse. things are more clear.  i want to go be with my dusty.   miss you and love you,   valerie
At 1:00pm on January 2, 2011, Carrie L said…
Sharon thanks for writing. It does stink but we are on this road together. How do you memorialize your son for I want to do that haven't done it yet. am anxious to get to my new place to have his photos up and have a garden. but right now i am in the sadness phase and i wonder if it'll last forever. seems no reason why it wouldn't carrie L
At 10:35am on December 18, 2010, Carrie L said…

Sharon I am here with you sweetie as I am here with all of us. It is sad and I am sure there are many more who have never had the need to reach out like this. to total strangers strangers in one reguard sisters and brothers in another. love to you and hope you are ok. your sons photo tells it  all. Man... awesome.... strong..... alive.... full of it...... smart..... loving..... love to you carrie L

At 10:56am on August 7, 2010, Linda said…
Hi Sharon, People who have not (thankfully) experienced the enormous grief of losing a child don't understand that it takes a very long time to mourn. It does get easier to cope with in time, but I can understand that 5 years later you still grieve so hard. It's been over 14 years and there are times when my soul cries out like it was only yesterday. I joined this site hoping to be able to help people through their grieving, and I am working on my book that I hope will help people understand their grief, feel validated and find hope. We are changed forever, but through the love and support of others who have an intimate knowledge of what grief is like, may we all work together to help each other through our darkest hours. Linda
At 12:02am on August 7, 2010, Susan - Donny's Mom said…
Yes, it does help when Mom's feel what other Mom's feel.....just so dang sad. In our area, another 19 year old son lost his life yesterday....another family completely changed forever.....
I never really thought what that meant till it happened to our family. New meaning everytime I hear of a loss of life.....
Hugs to all Mom's......
At 1:10pm on August 6, 2010, valerie moore said…
SHARON, BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY, JUST LIKE YOU AND NICK. I WILL BE HONORED TO RELEASE A RED BALLOON IN HONOR OF NICK. LOVE TO YOU BOTH. VAL
At 9:45am on August 6, 2010, Susan - Donny's Mom said…
Once again.....what a very handsome young man he is.....
Wish I could be there for the memorial night, but California is my state.....my thoughts will be with you and everyone there....
Moms will NEVER forget our children
At 1:50pm on August 4, 2010, lorelie elkshoulder said…
Hi Sharon,
I lost my son a year ago in June to a fentanyl patch overdose, looking thru these post it is almost as if there should be a place for us that have lost due to pill overdose. I found my son dead sitting in a kitchen chair at 9 am in the morning. Every morning when I walk out my bedroom door I see him again. I'm not the same Mom, wife, gramma, aunt or friend that I use to be. My marriage of 6 yrs is pretty much over..I can't believe that something could hurt this bad physically and mentally
Peace be
Lorelie
At 5:36pm on August 3, 2010, valerie moore said…
hi sharon, just missing you.... val.
At 9:46am on August 2, 2010, Susan - Donny's Mom said…
Thanks Sharon for your post....after we lose someone we loved so much to drugs we sit for so many hours and just wonder why???
As for my son, he had a broken neck 12 years prior in a swimming accident in a river. His surgery was successful in the fact that they re-constructed his discs in his neck but the trama of having that injury and continuing back to work eventually trying to support his family of 5, got him on this pain addition.
He worked construction and drove a backhoe, so turning during working was always hard for him. Thus always on some kind of pain medicine. Then came turmoil in his marriage and a pending divorce, thus came the anti-depressant drugs. Somewhere in there came this methadone drug with the above combination and that was the toxic storm that took his like without him knowing it. He had 3 teenage daughters at the time that needed him so much in the coming years....he was always there for them and it breaks our hearts to see the girls without their father.
I have always been a person who is wary of taking all the drugs that Dr.s are so ready to push. But I sure understood what pain he was in and discomfort on his job. Sad thing, he had just become a Foreman at his company which meant supervising jobs and not having to do so much physical movement as before.
But it is what it is....we can sit here and think forever
and nothing changes....sad...but I know I am not alone is our loss so somehow it gives me a little comfort but as this group grows to over 600 families who have lost their children it becomes a larger sadness for all of those famlilies....
I am thinking of what kind of memorial we can do when "the year" comes in December....I will never forget our son but I want all his friends to never forget his goodness, sense of humor, and great friendship he provded them when he was here.
any suggestions?
At 9:12am on August 2, 2010, Carrie L said…
hi sharon. just brousing through the grief site seeing others who just want some relief. i haven't found any. don't think there is any to be found. this site shows we are not alone. there is a big world out there with tragedy everywhere. not just in our homes. love to you and everyone. i wish i had played a little harder laughed a litter louder. etc etc. carrie L
At 5:14am on August 2, 2010, Becki said…
Sharon, I believe Methadone is a drug people take when they are getting off drugs they are taking. It takes the edge away from their addiction feeling. You can be sure exactly what it is by contacting your nearest pharmacy or conner's office.....I to lost my son 51/2 yrs ago, to sucide. The feeling has never gotten any better for me. I wish it had or would. God bless you......
At 10:38pm on August 1, 2010, Susan - Donny's Mom said…
can someone tell me what is methadone and why do people feel the need to take this.???? what is the attraction to this drug.????
that was also in the combination of the legal/illegal drugs my son died from a accidental Od.....I don't understand
At 8:50pm on August 1, 2010, valerie moore said…
sharon, your a true blessing. the photo turned out beautiful , you have me such a thoughtful gift. thank you for being there for me, you know, i am here for you. have already sent an email to someone here at compassionate friends. much love, val
At 7:17pm on July 29, 2010, Janice Spring said…
Sharon, it is wonderful of you, as a mother who is further down the grief path, to share with so many others. My son (pictured here with his girlfriend) also died of a methadone overdose, just two weeks after his 18th birthday. He had become addicted to oxy & xanax and had come to us for help. I was very uneducated at the time about the dangers of these drugs. I took him to our local rehab who said "he wasn't that bad" and sent him home with instructions to attend their out patient counseling. He knew what I did not, that getting off these drugs causes not only physical symptoms but devastating depression. He started taking methadone on his own because he thought it would 'cure' him; he was just a kid, he didn't know what he was doing. He took too much, went to sleep and never woke up. When we got the toxicology back the only drug in his system was the methadone. He was so sweet, so funny, and so dearly loved. I miss him every day. Aug 28th would have been his 20th birthday and Sept 13 will be two years since he died. The pain never goes away, I will never stop missing him, but I think with time we learn to cope. It is the worst pain in the world to lose a child, I am so sorry for your loss.
At 8:17pm on July 27, 2010, valerie moore said…
sharon, trying to send you photos, not working on the legacy site, can i have your email address? give me a call when you can. val

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