A household who misplaced a cherished one to drug addiction six months in the past is utilizing their grief to unfold consciousness in a uncooked social media submit that’s been shared and republished hundreds of instances.
Nichole Cicotte, who wrote the preliminary submit and shared the transferring images of members of the family surrounding a hospital mattress, advised her followers that the person within the mattress was her husband’s older brother.
“This is addiction,” Cicotte, whose submit was later republished on the weblog “Love What Matters,” wrote on Dec. 6. “It’s a 3 am phone call that we knew was coming, but prayed it never would. It’s a doctor having to tell another family that their loved one is legally braindead. It’s a mother’s heart being ripped out from her chest. This is a room (and a whole hospital waiting room) full of brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends beating themselves up that they didn’t do more to save you.”
“It’s a daughter and a son who have to figure this world out without their dad,” she wrote. “This is an empty chair at every family event. This is waking up on Monday morning feeling empty. Feeling angry, because how could you do this to us? Feeling sad because we know you fought so hard to recover. Feeling guilty because we wonder if we could of done more to save you. Feeling a sense of relief that you’re no longer battling your demons. Finding comfort in knowing the Caucasian john doe they have in the morgue isn’t you.”
“This is a man who loved with everything he had,” she wrote. “A man who valued family more than anything. A father who adored his children. A son, a brother, a goofy uncle, a friend to anyone who had the pleasure to know him. This is ‘just one more time’ … ‘just a little hit’ … ‘I know my tolerance’ … This is 6 months without you and still not knowing how to process that you’re gone. This is addiction. Drugs don’t love you. Your family and friends do.”
Cicotte additionally edited the submit, which has been shared over 15,000 instances, to incorporate a hyperlink to a Fb web page that her mother-in-law began following her son’s loss of life known as “Parents of Children Who OD’d.” In a tribute to her son, the grieving mom wrote that she hoped the 35-year-old’s story would “help someone seek sobriety,” and that it could be an indication that “our story has helped someone get sober and have a second chance, not everyone gets one…”
She additionally shared that he had died of a cocaine and fentanyl overdose, and had an extended historical past battling substance abuse relationship again to his teenagers.
In a follow-up submit on her private web page, Cicotte mentioned that she did obtain a message from somebody who had learn her phrases and was checking into rehab.
“Hate the disease. Love the addict,” she wrote.