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Topic: Valley (08/10/06)
TITLE: Danielle's Struggle With Addiction
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Danielle came from a long line of addicts; little did she know that she would be the first one in her family to overcome this demon.
Danielle believed that she had her addictive spirit under control that was until she fell deep into depression after loosing a baby. She was eighteen and a half weeks pregnant when the doctors misdiagnosed her and terminated her baby. Danielle had gone to the hospital with severe cramps in her lower right side but the doctors couldn’t find the problem. After a couple of tests the doctors told her that there was a blood clot behind the placenta and that she may die if they didn’t terminate the baby immediately. Danielle knew in her heart that they were wrong, that the pain had nothing to do with the baby, but she feared leaving her two other children motherless, so she agreed to terminate.
Six months after this whole ordeal Danielle went to see a different doctor because she was still experiencing the same pain she had originally went in to have checked prior to the termination.
The doctor suggested that he perform another surgery to see how things looked inside. Danielle and her husband agreed that the only way to find out what was causing this pain would to go back in to investigate. He found that her right ovary was twisted and said that this was most likely the cause of her pain all along. The blood clot that the first doctor believed was there was just a cyst that had burst. This was confirmed when the doctor said that there was no sign of a blood clot and if there ever was one there then it was a miracle that it had completely disappeared. After hearing what the doctor had said Danielle became very angry, this confirmed that her heart was right all along, the pain had nothing to do with the baby.
This whole ordeal changed Danielle for the worst; she fell deep into depression, a depression that would last almost two years. Danielle tried everything to numb the pain, and because of the severity of the surgery’s she had endured she had access to all the pain medication she wanted.
Danielle turned to the med’s to numb the pain in her heart, she was actually taking enough medication to numb ten people; it had to be grace that kept her from overdosing.
Danielle continued down the road of destruction for almost two years, I think people knew she had a problem but didn’t know how to talk to her about why she was doing what she was doing. Danielle’s husband even tried to control her intake but was told to back off and leave her alone.
The pain continued until one day she walked into her little sister’s house only to find her hanging her head over a toilet, puking her guts out. Danielle asked everyone what was wrong with her but no one wanted to tell Danielle that her baby sister was addicted to the same medication that she was.
That Day Danielle told her sister about her problem with Oxycontin (percocet) and she promised her sister that she would be there for her through the withdrawal process, and promised her sister that she would take care of her until she felt better.
Danielle stuck to her promise she quit poisoning herself that day, but not without a battle of her own. Danielle started withdrawing the day after she found her sister that way. Danielle relied on the word of God to get her through the valley of the shadow of death. Her Aunt a Sister in the Lord told her to read Psalm 23, it would be like a shield of protection.
Today Danielle is still sober enjoying her time on the mountaintop of the Lord.
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