Below is a quote from an old friend and fan, Bobbi Deschene. Bobbi was a methadone patient rights activist and long-time recovering addict. She was very dear to me. I miss her very much and still think of her often. She used to tell me the most inspiring stories about her life and her struggle with addiction. Her road to recovery was a hard one … I used to joke with her, telling her that she should get USA or TNT to make a made-for-TV-movie about her life.
I would’ve watched it.
It saddens me that I lost 90% of the emails I had saved in a HDD crash years ago. I lost her pictures and voicemails I had saved from her. I still hear her voice though, and miss her laugh. She had a thick New England accent and the most wicked sense of humor. I loved her very much.
She passed away in 2003. My biggest regret was not accepting her offer to stay with her the prior Halloween. We would’ve had a lot of fun up there in Salem.
Addiction is a DISEASE and it is that which steals our humanity from us. Once in recovery it loses its power over us and its ability to make us do awful and hurtful things to ourselves and others — especially those we love.
Bobbi beat her addiction, but it cost her everything. Her road of redemption was long and harsh, but she eventually regained those who were most precious to her. She was truly an inspirational woman. Even during the final months of her life, while struggling with health problems, she was the strongest woman I’ve ever known.
I pray that one day I may have half of the strength she had.