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Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

My condolences to the family.
As l read this l felt it was like a page from my daughter's life. My daughter Michelle passed away a year ago October 29th, 2017.
Everywhere she went people she met fell in love with her. She was fun and kind and always thinking of others.
Her life was filled with prescrption opiates addiction going through rehab for over fifteen years after a devastating divorce being married 17 years. I did get to enjoy her for nine full months being drug free. One day a friend picked her up and asked her to house sit, not knowing she had gone to a doctor visit she was given a prescription for an opioate for back pain. Two days later she died in her sleep, she wasn't expecting to die, she expected to get up in the morning attend her college class and work her afternoon shift.
She was so proud of being sober of opioid addiction and her hard work.
In a moment of weakness it took one PA to write out that fateful prescription to end her life.
I fought so hard all of these years against medical providers writing out prescriptions like handing candy to a child.
Not to take away from Maddie and her life, we are losing our children, family members and l ask when will it stop?

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Posted by Norma Jean Andrews on 11/17/2018 at 3:07 PM

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I am sorry for your loss. I just recently lost my baby sister due to a known fatal interaction of LOW DOSE prescription klonopin & a MILD opioid she got to ease fibromyalgia pain.
I am a chronic pain patient born with a rare orthopedic syndrome & have multiple prosthetic joints. I am on fentanyl 24/7 simply to be able to have a relatively normal life. Without opioids I would be in severe pain & needless suffering. That's no way to live. Because the public/media blames ME, & doctors who help me, for street drug addiction, I am treated like a criminal, a junkie & have severe restrictions on my life just to be able to manage my pain.
I am "tied" to mandatory dr appts, restrictions preventing me from taking vacations for more than 2 weeks (only limited amounts of meds are dispensed, as it is believed - though multiple studies have refuted the theory - to prevent drugs from ending up on the street) & forget about ever travelling internationally - my drugs would run out (& they have before due to all of the rules/regs) landing me in the hospital in the agony of uncontrolled pain & withdrawal. Not to mention when that happens, I am assumed to be & treated like, a drug-seeking junkie. My pain is left uncontrolled & I literally pray to die due to the suffering.
Please stop making ME pay for someone else's addiction. The solution to opioid addiction isn't by punishing me, it's by helping the addicts. Please let me live my life - getting rid of my drugs because you blame them for a loved one's death only ends MY life, too.
~Sara Donadei

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Posted by Sara Donadei on 11/16/2018 at 2:41 PM

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You have written a brutally honest tribute to the beautiful sister you loved. As the mother of an addict, I wept while I read it. Drug addiction becomes a brain disease. If the government really wanted to help, they would dedicate money to the scientists who are working on new medications for addicts, as well as vaccines that would guard against becoming an addict in the first place. Sadly, these researchers have difficulty securing grants and funding. May the beautiful memories of your sister, and the comfort you can derive from knowing her pain is over, bring you some peace.

Posted by SoCal on 11/16/2018 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I am so sorry the world lost Maddie so young. Addiction is a disease, not a disgrace.
The obituary was an outstanding tribute to her life and loss.May she rest in peace and may her loved ones find comfort in their faith.
Those of you who have clicked the "dislike" selection will one day be touched by this monster; hopefully you will be shown more compassion than you are showing here.
There is help for anyone who truely wants it, that includes families of the addicted.
God bless

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Posted by Christine Dwyer on 11/13/2018 at 9:55 AM

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I know exactly how you feel we lost our son age 31. He tried so hard to get sober,. Our last time together was beautiful. We all hugged and said how much we loved each other. He then left 4hourd latter he was gone. I would do anything to have him back. Where did I go wrong?

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Posted by mother 1 on 11/08/2018 at 5:59 AM

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I want to thank the writer of this beautiful obituary. I myself am an addict 8 1/2 years clean who spiraled so fast in the final years that I did not believe I would see my 30th birthday nor did I care. She was a friend of a friend, but I lost many of my own friends while in recovery and I find it so hard and sad when families hide the addiction even after death like it was a dark secret not a devastating illness. Ive only seen 2 others like this and it is beautiful and heartwarming to see a family wanting to bring about awareness. Thank you so much for honoring her memory this way

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Posted by T Ches on 11/06/2018 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I see her

Posted by Valarie A. McNeice on 11/05/2018 at 2:15 PM

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My sympathy got derailed by Kate's comment that "Its easy to see a photo of a beautiful, young white woman and feel empathy, Yes, her sister happened to be white, but how does that make it "easy" to empathize?

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Posted by researcher on 11/01/2018 at 1:56 PM

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We all must do everything we can to stop this disease and help all those effected by it.

Posted by amh816 on 11/01/2018 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

Im so sorry for your loss of such a beautiful must be genetic, because your soul is shared this painful story to make us all more aware , and perhaps save lives. Thank you. May you find comfort and peace during this time of sorrow.God bless.

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Posted by Pat West Marovich on 11/01/2018 at 8:21 AM

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I could have written this obituary, but about my brother. Hes been gone six months and all I can say is people need to educate themselves about the disease that is addiction. I dont know why some recover and some never do but Im thankful that my brother knew Jesus and Jesus knew him!

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Posted by Amy Hough on 10/30/2018 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I do not know much about addiction, but my heart aches for the family that loved her so much. Please know that God knows Mattie's heart and I know she is with our heavenly Father, at peace with herself and this harsh world of today!!
God Bless Mattie's family!!
Nancy Fowlkes Reid
Rocky Mount, NC

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Posted by Nancy Fowlkes Reid on 10/29/2018 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

My heart goes out to all Maddie's loved ones. She clearly was surrounded by such an amazing support system... proving that this horrible addiction can truly take anyone no matter how much love you surround them with. This obituary especially touched me because she sounds a lot like my good friend that I lost to opioids earlier this year. She was a mother of two. She was the definition of an extrovert... talking to everyone wherever she went. Constantly exuding and spreading her artistic talent into the world. It was and continues to be really hard for me to look past all the darkness. I am still in denial. I am still angry. Though this obituary helped to remind me that she was way more then the darkness of her addiction. To remember all that she did for me. I just wish I could have done more for her.

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Posted by Tara Wasmer on 10/29/2018 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

Godspeed, Maddie--Godspeed xx
No one can ever really know our depths--our joy, our struggles, our resilience and our heartbreak. I only hope you have found a measure of peace.

To the family--thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for never giving up on her. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Posted by Matthew Jones on 10/27/2018 at 9:47 PM

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So very sorry for the loss of your beloved Maddie. I remember traveling to Vermont one beautiful fall weekend to visit my old friend Mark, and his lovely wife and family. My daughter Megan, was the same age as Maddie, and my son Patrick was excited about the prospect of picking pumpkins at Marks cousins' farm!
Over the years, we lost touch, and sadly did not know of Maddies passing until today.
My heart goes out to you, and to Maddie especially for her struggles.
Rest in Peace Maddie, you earned your wings!
Sam Mahoney Family

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Posted by Mahoney Everett on 10/27/2018 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

Lovely and honest obituary. Im so very sorry for your incredible loss. I lost my brother to a drug addiction and in losing him lost my best friend. I have a 13 year old daughter, she beautiful and bright just like your Maddie. But not a day goes by I dont think about all the dangers and challenges facing her as she enters into her teens, and how am I going to protect her from this? The sobering realization is that I cant. All I can do is arm her with knowledge, strength and love to protect herself. I hope that when the time comes for her to make a choice, she uses the tools Ive given her. But if life takes her down darker road, you better believe Im going to be there shining a light for her to see, just like you did for Maddie. Rest in peace Madelyn.

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Posted by Angie 1 on 10/27/2018 at 1:16 PM

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Dear Maddies family. What a beautiful young woman your Madelyn is. Please know that there are many many others who care that she lived... and died. I know a young woman who parallels her story and there are so many others you have touched by telling Maddies story. God Bless your family. I know it doesn't seem like he listens at this point, but in the end, he is all any of us have. Maddie would want YOU all to know now that tomorrow is a new day and new chance for you to love others and honor her life and memory. To Maddies sister who wrote this tremendously touching obit... Never stop telling your families story Maddies story.! Please speak in public forums where ever people will listen and help those who do not understand, see the truth. You have a gift and when you are ready, please change other families. All of us together can make an difference!

Posted by Nancy Hendrix on 10/26/2018 at 7:04 PM

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Sorry for diverging from the nature of these sympathetic comments/postings, but ALL of these should be 'required reading' for all those impacting decisions to administer 'medications/pharmaceuticals' to the unsuspecting users..! Do they realize what they are doing in allowing these drugs to be available?! Politicians, medical 'professionals', pharmaceutical lobbyists, etc.? Please, LET'S DO MORE than wring our hands, grieve and WISH for 'change' that we can make, IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE/CONVICTION TO DO SO, FOR THE SAKE OF OUR 'LOST' LOVED ONES...AND THOSE WHOSE LIVES WE MAY SAVE BY GETTING THESE DRUGS ELIMINATED/OFF THE STREETS/OUT OF THE SYSTEM!!! GOD, HELP US, with PRAYER and ACTION..! Ivana Grace, Mother

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Posted by Ivana Grace on 10/26/2018 at 4:19 PM

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I too lost my son, Adam, to a drug overdose on 11-5-17. He was also addicted to opiates. He tried so hard to stay sober for his daughter but they had such a hold on his life. Thank you for such a open, honest, beautiful description of your sweet daughter.

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Posted by Lisa Lange Slaughter on 10/26/2018 at 3:49 PM

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Just as well written as anything by Emerson or Tolstoy. I listened to the program on NPR and, together with the treatment input by the Burlington chief of police, this tragedy might change things for America. The family's love, pain, and sincerity is a light to the world.

I agree: we should make this obituary required reading in all of our high schools, but those police and health care workers who deal with the addicted on a daily basis NEED to read it too. It's a must read that would change many lives for the better. God bless that adorable little boy and the rest of the loving family left behind.

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Posted by Sadie LeMar on 10/26/2018 at 1:55 PM

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