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‘I can do this.’ I’d get my baggies, needle, tie off my hand, and in the heroin went. ‘Just not today.’ I was using in secret. All day, every day.: Woman overcomes drug addiction, now works as nurse fighting ‘the opiate epidemic’

“I’d snort a bunch of pills before a party, drink, pass out, and wake up completely unaware of what happened. My boyfriend was suspicious, but I covered up my drug use. That was before the needle. I said I’d never use one. Needles were for junkies, and I was not that. But my dealer shot me up. It was the most amazing, intense rush of warm, pure happiness I’d ever experienced, and I’d chase that feeling for years. There are so many times I should’ve been arrested, should’ve overdosed, should’ve died, but I didn’t.”

‘There are 3.’ My mind started racing. 3 what?!’ He said, ‘You’re going to have triplets. 3 babies.’: Woman gives birth to ‘non-NICU triplets’ after struggling with infertility, says ‘it was unheard of’

“I sat there in shock. My husband danced around the room, whooping and hollering with his hands in the air like Rocky Balboa. Before I could even share in his excitement, the door closed. He told us the road ahead would not be easy, and I could ‘reduce’ down to 1 or 2. That snapped me back to reality. I told him I absolutely DID need to keep all of them.”

‘We came home from Disney and my daughter threw up a little. 20 hours later, she was dead.’: Mom loses daughter to Sepsis, performs ‘acts of kindness’ to honor daughter’s ‘light’

“I remember the doctor telling me he tried everything, but couldn’t restart her heart. I had to make the choice if they should continue or ‘let her go’. I said the hardest word I’ve ever had to say: okay. As they stopped compressions and the beeping slowed to a stop, I sang, ‘You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey.’ In that moment, I refused to let her light stop shining. I’d have to find a way to keep it alive.”

‘Can you do the session tomorrow? We don’t have much time.’ I couldn’t hold back my tears.’: Photographer captures ‘bittersweet’ moments one day before baby passes from Microcephaly

“The next day, I showed up for the photo shoot. As soon as his mom brought him in, I was immediately teary-eyed. But they weren’t tears of pity, it was genuinely pure joy. He was the cutest little fighter I’d ever seen. See, baby Aiden was supposed to be stillborn, but he came out fighting. I cried, prayed, yelled, and cried some more the entire 45-minute drive home. I woke up the next morning to a message that he died. I am a wreck right now.”

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