Sad Mom Needs Support

Old 07-14-2007, 08:55 AM
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Sad Mom Needs Support

I just wrote a long post and lost it! Trying again...
My 20 yo old son is deep into his heroin addiction. He was
doing pretty well for awhile, attending college, and seemed
to be sober.
I was also doing well with my recovery- attending meetings
and working on my detachment.
Things have changed for me recently. After having a cough
that wouldnt quit, I was dianosed with cancer. I have since
gone through many tests, painful medical procedures, and
I have 6 hr chemo treatments every few weeks. this is
curable, but I have a long rough road ahead.
My son is making no attempt to contact me and has not
been calling at all. I feel so hurt and angry about this-
thanks for letting me vent, feeling very hurt and furious!
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:07 AM
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Let me begin by saying that I am glad that your cancer is not bad enough to be lethal, that you are able to be treated for it.

I know that the odds are that he is not contacting you because he is using, but a part of me feels like maybe he would be trying to get money out of you if that was the only issue? Maybe he is partly upset because you have cancer? That might scare him... when I was 18, my grandmother, who was like a second mother to me, got really sick from her alzheimer's and was basically whithering away day by day. I did not have the courage to go see her. It was too painful. I regret it everyday now, but at the time I was doing what I felt like I needed to do.

I realize that your cancer is not killing you, thankfully, but the word "cancer" can be so heavy to those of us who have never experienced it. If he is not contacting you b/c of the cancer, it does not mean he doesn't love you, probably means he is scared.

The other issue is, would it be helping your recovery any for him to be around you right now if he is relapsing?

*hugs and prayers your way*
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:08 AM
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hi stefanie, don't think we've met, but i just wanted to say i'm sorry for your troubles and sending you prayers and lots of hugs (((stefanie))).
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:15 AM
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I am sorry for the diagnosis you got. I am grateful that it is curable. Sometimes I think addicts only think about themselves. Maybe that is all your son can handle right now, I don't know. I've also seen addicts deal with their problems by ignoring them. It would be nice for him to give you a call and give you some support. Lord knows you have probably given him plenty of support! Prayers going up for your recovery. Know that all of us here support you and care!
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:24 AM
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Sending some prayers your way Stefanie. I know the feelings of hurt our addicts can cause us. My daughter is also using heroin and I know when she is deep in her addiction, I don't have contact either. Hopefully he will find a way to contact you, but it may just add to your stress. Maybe God's way of keeping you out of the drama so that you can heal. Hugs, Marle
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:33 AM
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Thanks everybody. My son is getting money from my exa husband, who is a
huge enabler. He doesnt need any money from me.
this is very hard for me to come to terms with..he cant clean himself up for one day
to come and see me?
I feel so alone with this. I am fighting so hard for my health, and he is destroying
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:44 AM
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sorry stefanie, i'm praying for you and your son. hope you feel better real soon
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:53 AM
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:57 AM
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Stefanie, Although it may not feel that way, you are not alone. We all know your pain and share it with you. Sending huge hugs your way. Marle
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Old 07-14-2007, 11:30 AM
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I can't add much to what the others have said, only wanted to tell you that even thought you feel alone, you are not......A lot of us have had to deal with a loved one having been diagnosed with cancer and I can tell you that it is hard to face, even if the prognosis is good......My feelings are that a big part of the reason our loved ones are addicts in the first place is because they cannot face life on life's terms.....If you ignore it and get high the unpleasant things will disappear....the reason I am saying this is because he is not there for you because he does not mean he doesn't care, it only means that his addiction is stronger than he is and it is telling him why face the bad stuff when you can block it all out with a fix.....I will be keeping you in my prayers.....

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Old 07-14-2007, 11:41 AM
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It sounds so familiar-

I posted here the other day and received some wonderful responses-helpful and caring.

My roommate has cancer. He'd done chemo and radiation, had surgery, now doing 6 months of chemo again, one day in hospital, 3 days wearing a pack, 10 days off and then...yep, doing it again. And, his son is a heroin addict.

Here's what we've learned:

1. If the family you have is not offering the support you need, create your own family. His son is so involved with his addiction he is not there for his dad. Instead, my roomie connects with me, his sister, old friends and new ones. It may not be the Leave-it-to-Beaver ideal "family", but it's working.

2. "Is it manageable?" That's the question they ask all the time at the cancer center. We're doing our best to apply that question to many of the issues surrounding his son (and his other still functioning but using son). We have created ways to "manage" it.

3. Take advantage of every support option your cancer center offers. It has made a world of difference for my roomie. Meetings, support groups, the other "experts"-dieticians, visiting health care etc have made a significant difference.

And lastly, know you've been given a second chance. Your disease can be stopped. While the treatment is far from fun, you've been given a marvelous gift.
ENJOY your life. Embrace the good stuff in it. Detatch from the negatives. Live, as the comercial says, richly.

I hope you find peace and I can tell you this is a marvelous place. Be well. Be happy.
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Old 07-14-2007, 02:15 PM
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i am so sorry you are going thru all of this with your health problems & with your son.your son i am sure loves you very much but his drug just does not let him show it.that is what the drug does to our loved addict is my son also & his "crack" comes before anything & anybody.there is nothing you can do for your son, he has got to do it.just take care of yourself & get well.turn him over to your H.P. please let us know how u r. sending prayers for u & him both. hugs,hope
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Old 07-14-2007, 02:19 PM
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Thanks everyone for your kindness and words of wisdom. You all have given me
such a lift today.
My family and friends have been so supportive, and I have many wonderful
resources at the cancer center, so I have been blessed in many ways.
My son is the only one who hasnt been able to be there for me, and I feel
sad about that.
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Old 07-14-2007, 03:03 PM
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Hi STefanie! I am a little late on this but I wanted to say I hope that you get your cancer under control and eventually gone completely. Cancer treatment has come a long way inthe past few years so there is lots of hope for you to get better.
I am sorry about your son, but right now you need to let him go and concentrate on yourself. The mind/body connection is very powerful and what you are thinking can influence your physical state. If you don't meditate already, I highly recommend that you learn to do so byt starting slowly, just 5 minutes at a time, focusing on your breath and nothing else. Then when you get where you can calm your mind you can focus it on getting that cancer out of your body. Visualization really helps a sick person get better, just ask the workers at your cancer treatment facility.
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Old 07-14-2007, 03:14 PM
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I am sorry for what life has handed you right now. It's funny, just because we know they can't reach outside active addiction, it doesn't stop us from hoping for them to reach out to us or other loved ones. I'm saying a prayer he will have some 'sane' moments just to be able to see you and give you a hug...........I'm sure you're not asking for more than a bit of love. We do have a right to wish for it, you know. So here's a wish and a prayer for you today for healing and for a much needed visit from your son.

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Old 07-14-2007, 04:07 PM
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Hi Stefanie

I am happy that your cancer is one that is curable. Thank the Lord for that.

I am unhappy that another Mom has to face the fact that her child is addicted.

That said, there is nothing you can do to change the situation he is in right now. You can change only your situation and you really have to save all your strength for you right now.

Your son is an addict, like mine, and until he is ready the only one he cares about is himself and where he will get the next fix. This doesn't mean that he doesn't love you, it just means that his addiction has taken over his mind and body for now.

How many times did I say, "my son doesn't love me" because he is so hateful all the time. He treats me horribly. He yells and swears and calls me horrible names. I cried all the time because he broke my heart. Later I finally came to the realization that this was not my son, but an addict.

First things first now! This means you must take care of you first! You are very important and worrying is not going to help your health at this point.

Prayers coming your way that you regain your health quickly!

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Old 07-14-2007, 05:34 PM
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Oh stephanie, I am so very sorry for all the pain you're going through. Thank God that your cancer is curable! I have several friends who have survived cancer, and you will too.

We are all here for support. I will pray for you this evening, for healing of body and heart.
Hugs to you,
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Old 07-14-2007, 08:27 PM
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Hey stephanie,
All I can say is that addiction sucks, your son should be there for you, but you are not alone. Hope you are feeling good today. Focus on today, right now, it's all any of us have, really, cancer or not.
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Old 07-14-2007, 11:01 PM
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I'm so sorry you have to go through this without your "loving" son, but with lots of prayers and alittle luck maybe he'll come around. My ras is a heroin addict and if he can do it so can yours
good luck, prayers and hugs to you
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