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This Family’s Heartbreaking & Honest Obituary Will Change How You Think About Addiction

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Science has proven that addiction is not a choice but a deadly disease like any other. Think of it this way, some people are allergic to nuts, every single day one in ten of these people choose to eat nuts even though they could get an allergic reaction.

Yes they made a choice but do they deserve the suffering that comes later? Others choose to sunbathe even though they know it can cause cancer. They made the choice but should we shame them for having cancer?

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Madelyn Linsenmeir, those close to her called her“Maddie,”is one of these persons whose struggle with opioids lead to her untimely death. Maddie’s family published an obituary in her honor on“The Burlington Free Press.” – They sheds new light on what it’s like to watch someone you love battle addiction.

Their story urges others to practice compassion rather than pass judgment by looking beyond the addiction to the soul beneath that is suffering

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Maddie grew up in Burlington, Vermont. Her family describes her as a competitive person, light-hearted, loved to sing, dance, and swim.

Her family moved to Florida when she was 16, and in high school. She went to a party one day and for the first time tried OxyContin. This was the beginning of her life long relationship with opioids.

As time went by, Maddie became a single mom to son Ayden in 2014. Being a mother, she tried so hard to stay sober than she ever had in her life. She would take her son on long walks, sing to him, and swim together. She relapsed later on, lost custody of her son and spent the next two years trying to get sober.

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After her death, the family saidshe was much more than just an addict.

“To some, Maddie was just a junkie—when they saw her addiction they stopped seeing her. And what a loss for them. Because Maddie was hilarious, and warm, and fearless, and resilient. She could and would talk to anyone, and when you were in her company you wanted to stay.

In a system that seems to have hardened itself against addicts and is failing them every day, she befriended and delighted cops, social workers, public defenders, and doctors, who advocated for and believed in her till the end. She was adored as a daughter, sister, niece, cousin, friend, and mother, and being loved by Madelyn was a constantly astonishing gift.

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If you are reading this with judgment, educate yourself about this disease, because that is what it is. It is not a choice or a weakness. And chances are very good that someone you know is struggling with it, and that person needs and deserves your empathy and support.

We take comfort in knowing that Maddie is surrounded by light, free from the struggle that haunted her. We would have given anything for her to experience that freedom in this lifetime. Our grief over losing her is infinite. And now so is she.”

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Thefamily offered encouragement to addicts out there, reading Maddie’s obituary to get clean and stay that way.

“If you yourself are struggling from addiction, know that every breath is a fresh start. Know that hundreds of thousands of families who have lost someone to this disease are praying and rooting for you. Know that we believe with all our hearts that you can and will make it. It is never too late.”

Even in their grief, they saw an opportunity to help remove the social stigma and encourage empathy towards those who are fighting every single day.

Rest in peace, Maddie.

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10 Surprising Symptoms of Stress That You May Assume And How To Deal With Them

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Mood swings, irritability and some acne are some of the most obvious signs of stress that we all know about. However, there are more symptoms of stress that we may not be too familiar with and probably brush them off, without realizing our bodies are actually trying to let us know that something is amiss. They include:

Pain in the neck

“Stress definitely affects our musculoskeletal system, resulting in tight, contracting muscles and/or spasms,” Dr. Lombardo says. “It gets us ready for fight-or-flight, even though unlike our cave-women ancestors, we don’t actually need our bodies to react like this.”

To ease the ache, slowly turning your head around and taking 5 to 10 deep breaths will do the trick. You can also massage the area gently.

10 Surprising Symptoms of Stress That You May Assume And How To Deal With Them

10 Surprising Symptoms of Stress That You May Assume And How To Deal With Them

Regular headaches

Stress is a common cause of tension headaches that have triggers like light sensitivity. Managing your stresses is the only permanent cure for it.

Rashes on the skin

Having a random rash appear on your skin could also be a sign of stress. The rashes often appear as raised spots or hives on the stomach, back, arms, and face. “While we don’t know why it occurs, some experts believe that it has to do with the adverse effects of stress on the immune system.” Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo says, “Histamine is released, [and that causes] these itchy bumps.”

Taking breaks to breath deeply will help in stress reduction.

Read Also: 7 Things To Do If You’re Trying To Lose Belly Fat.

Nausea keeps hitting you

Stress can actually make you physically sick, some people often feel nauseous, but its usually temporary. Chewing ginger will help much on it.

Loss of memory

Even simple tasks like remembering where you placed your cap can be hard when stressed. “Chronic stress can literally shrink the size of the hippocampus, which is responsible for some memories,” Dr. Lombardo says. “Luckily, its size will go back to normal once your stress level reduces.”

Physical exercises come in handy.

Drop in libido

Mayo Clinic have reports on low sex drive being linked to stress and advises seeing a counselor if you are missing out on your sex life significantly.

Indecisiveness

Stress causes distractions and you lose focus on your to do list. Exercising large muscle groups will help in regaining clarity. Being outside in the light will also help by boosting your serotonin levels thus improving your mood.

10 Surprising Symptoms of Stress That You May Assume And How To Deal With Them

10 Surprising Symptoms of Stress That You May Assume And How To Deal With Them

You start having cavities

This is majorly caused by grinding of teeth when stressed. Try setting aside time to list down your troubles and ways to solve them. This will help with reducing the pressure you feel.

You become lazier, feel physically exhausted and just want to sleep

Stress hormones cause an adrenaline surge, the body eventually crashes and sleep is all you want. Stress can also ruin the quality of your sleep, so you wake up tired and irritable.

Getting in bed half an hour earlier than usual helps in decompressing as the environment is calming. Electronics should also be powered down for more effectiveness.

 

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16-Year-Old Hits And Kills Young Girl- Then Police Find A Note In Her Hand That Breaks My Heart

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Drunk driving needs to stop, by all means. Every day people die across the world because some people make the decision to drive while drunk, not only endangering their own lives, but also the lives of all the people on the same road as them.

This story is about a teenager who was smart and listened to her mom, but everything still went so wrong. Everybody needs to read this story.

The story is fictional, but the message behind it is something we can’t just shrug off.

16-Year-Old Hits And Kills Young Girl, Then Police Find A Note In Her Hand That Breaks My Heart

16-Year-Old Hits And Kills Young Girl, Then Police Find A Note In Her Hand That Breaks My Heart

“I went to a party, Mom,  I remembered what you said.
You told me not to drink, Mom,  so I drank soda instead.

I really felt proud inside, Mom, the way you said I would.
I didn’t drink and drive, Mom, even though the others said I should.

I know I did the right thing, Mom, I know you are always right.
Now the party is finally ending, Mom, as everyone is driving out of sight.

As I got into my car, Mom, I knew I’d get home in one piece.
Because of the way you raised me, so responsible and sweet.

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I started to drive away, Mom, but as I pulled out into the road,
the other car didn’t see me, Mom, and hit me like a load.

As I lay there on the pavement, Mom, I hear the policeman say,
the other guy is drunk, Mom, and now I’m the one who will pay.

I’m lying here dying, Mom.  I wish you’d get here soon.
How could this happen to me, Mom?  My life just burst like a balloon.

There is blood all around me, Mom, and most of it is mine.
I hear the medic say, Mom, I’ll die in a short time.

I just wanted to tell you, Mom, I swear I didn’t drink.
It was the others, Mom.  The others didn’t think.

16-Year-Old Hits And Kills Young Girl, Then Police Find A Note In Her Hand That Breaks My Heart

16-Year-Old Hits And Kills Young Girl, Then Police Find A Note In Her Hand That Breaks My Heart

He was probably at the same party as I.
The only difference is,
he drank and I will die.

Why do people drink, Mom?  It can ruin your whole life.
I’m feeling sharp pains now.  Pains just like a knife.

The guy who hit me is walking, Mom, and I don’t think it’s fair.
I’m lying here dying and all he can do is stare.

Tell my brother not to cry, Mom.  Tell Daddy to be brave.
And when I go to heaven, Mom, put “Daddy’s Girl” on my grave

16-Year-Old Hits And Kills Young Girl, Then Police Find A Note In Her Hand That Breaks My Heart

16-Year-Old Hits And Kills Young Girl, Then Police Find A Note In Her Hand That Breaks My Heart

Someone should have told him, Mom, not to drink and drive.
If only they had told him, Mom, I would still be alive.

My breath is getting shorter, Mom.  I’m becoming very scared.
Please don’t cry for me, Mom.  When I needed you, you were always there.

I have one last question, Mom, before I say good bye.
I didn’t drink and drive,  so why am I the one to die?

Please share this story with all your friends on Facebook to show that no one should have to die because someone makes an irresponsible decision to drive while drunk.




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Being quick to help someone in trouble can sometimes be the deciding factor between a potentially life or death situation. Knowing this well, an officer did not hesitate to jump in and save the day when he noticed a man treating his date inappropriately. In a recent Reddit.com thread, an anonymous user explained the incident in the post below:

“So, possibly one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I mean you know how you hear the “women want him, men want to be him” stuff in old movies? Well I’m a man and by god I wanted to be this guy. Anyway!

I’m having dinner with my girlfriend at the time, and behind us are a couple on a date. It is not going well. Guy was being rather creepy and making some pretty inappropriate comments, the girl doesn’t look at all comfortable.

Off-Duty Cop Immediately Interrupts Date After Overhearing This Conversation
Off-Duty Cop Immediately Interrupts Date After Overhearing This Conversation

The girl finishes her appetizer really quickly, my guess is she wanted to get it over with. Guy proceeds to comment on it and says “well, least I know you can swallow right?”. Loudly.

Girl goes red and tells him that isn’t appropriate, he literally waves his hand in a “shoo” type motion and says “oh calm down I was going to find out in a few hours anyway”.

I missed her exact reply as she moved to a hushed tone, but it was fairly obvious what was being said – f*ck no, f*ck off, f*ck this. He responded with “sweetheart I picked you up, I know where you live”. She lost the color in her face and said nothing.

I’m not one of those “get involved” type of people, but there is no way I’m sitting here watching this go down. I get up. I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I’m 23, fighting fit and happy to put that man through a wall.

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I was halfway out of my chair when a hand came down on my shoulder and I look up to this mid-50s but super fit guy who says “Easy.. I’ve got this one son”. Absolute, total confidence in his voice..

He walks over, grabs a nearby chair, flips it around and sits down with the couple. Then.. he pulls out his police ID and puts it on the table. Now the guy doesn’t have any color in his face.

Cop: “So, I’m quietly celebrating my daughters birthday with my family when I distinctly hear you threaten this young lady, would you care to explain yourself?”

Guy: “I, ah, well, um, you see..”

Cop: “That’s what I thought. Now see, we take a very dim view of that kind of thing, so right now I’m deciding if I want to have some of my buddies come pick you up.”

Guy: “oh no well that…”

Cop: “But that would disrupt everyone’s dinner, so how about you hand me your ID, because I wouldn’t want you running off on me, then you go see one of the staff here and settle your bill.. the full bill now, this young lady shouldn’t go hungry on account of your poor behavior. Or we can go with the first option, I’ll leave it up to you.”

Guy: “No no! That’s perfectly fine!” *hands over ID, gets up and walks very quickly in the direction of the counter*

Off-Duty Cop Immediately Interrupts Date After Overhearing This Conversation
Off-Duty Cop Immediately Interrupts Date After Overhearing This Conversation

Cop: *while writing down the guys details* “Sorry about that miss, I hope I’m not intruding it just seemed like you could use some help. Oh and don’t worry, if you want to pursue this further I’ll have some of the boys pick him up on his way home, we can definitely take this further.”

Girl: “No, thank you so much, I wanted to run out 30 minutes ago but he drove me here”.

Cop: *shifts from hard-ass cop to comforting father figure in about half a second* “Well I’m here with my daughter, she’s about your age, perhaps you’d like to finish your meal with us? We can take you home afterwards if you’d like, unless you’d prefer to call someone else?”

Girl: “Oh.. that would be really nice.. thank you so much!”

*guy returns, so does the cop*

Cop: “There you go.. now I have your details right here so I highly recommend you don’t go near or contact this young lady ever again.”

Guy: “Yes yes of course, I’m so sorry!”

The guy pretty much fled the restaurant, the girl went and sat with the cop and his family and by the time we left they were still sitting around talking and laughing about random crap.

It was hands down the best way I have ever seen anybody handle any situation, ever.

That cop is my hero.

What a way to handle the situation!”

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