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Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I am so very sorry for your loss. Today marks 9 years since I lost my Dad to this exact disease. It's such a difficult thing to come to terms with. Someday's I feel thankful that he is gone because I no longer worry about him. I no longer wonder where he is or what's happening to him. If he slept on the streets last night or if someone beat him up for his track pants. Other days I get angry that this disease took my Father's life at 46 years old. You will always remember the Maddie that you shared here with us. This is who she is and you've done a wonderful job sharing her beautiful life. I am so sorry that your family is going through this. Her little boy's heart will be full of her music forever. Be strong for him and never ever stop talking about his Mom XO

Posted by LCsmiles on 10/18/2018 at 10:10 AM

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So heart broken for her. Losing her sons custody must have been so painful, unbearable. Being an addict doesnt necessarily mean you are a bad parent. It is a disease. I dont see people take kids away from cancer patients.

Posted by JayCee on 10/18/2018 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I dont know this young lady but I read this and shed some tears. This could have been me. More important, I pray for healing for this family and I thank you for sharing the life and legacy of Maddie with us! Although the pain of losing her will never go away it will get easier to bear!

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Posted by Lynn Williams on 10/18/2018 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Its a terrible addiction... I pray she is at peace now. Thank you for sharing who she was and her experience with the addiction.. I only wish the end would have been different and would have won the war with the addiction.. My sincere condolences to her family.. Sounds like she was a beautiful person..

Sincerely.
Janice

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Posted by Janice Bibb on 10/18/2018 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

Thank You So Much for Sharing Your Beautiful & So Difficult Time with Us.We lost My Sister in law on October 3rd to Many Many Years of Addition.We Can Relate to Your Sister & Her Struggles. My Sister in law was A Beautiful, Smart & Loving Person Well Educated & also a Servicewoman for many Years She also Who Left Behind 2 Beautiful Children A Daughter (17) & A Son(14) This Is a Very Hard time for Our Family as Well . My Brother Is Going All out To Try & Get People Educated as He stated in His Eulogy to His Wife Sherry That Its The Monster who takes over. Addicts Do Not Want This Life as We know Our sister in law Did Not.She Tried & Tried To Fight this Monster But, He Took Control Of Her Life Which ended in An Overdose Everyone PLEASE EDUCATE Yourselves #RAISEAWARENESS God Bless You & Your Family. You All are In Our Thoughts & Prayers Much Love,John & Roseann In LOVING MEMOERY Of SHerry Arthur

Posted by John DeAntonio on 10/18/2018 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

My heart goes out to you all. I lost my nephew to depression (another disease no one likes to talk about) last month and know the stigma that goes with it. Your tribute to Maddie was beautiful, heartfelt and brutally honest. Maybe, just maybe it will help someone else not lose their life to this insidious disease. May she rest in peace and may the happy memories you have carry you through your grief.

Posted by Beth Bies Wardley on 10/18/2018 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I'm so sorry for your loss. As I sit here waiting to go into the methodone clinic reading your tribute, it brings me to tears. Every persons struggle is different, yet we are all in it together. My struggle is with pain, as I have Fibromyalgia and other ailments. Many, many years I've been trying to get some relief. Finally I turned to methadone. Not everyone agrees with this decision, though that's their opinion, and I don't care. Thank you for sharing your story of dear Madelyn. If our politicians would get the insurance companies to get on board with coverage for methodone clinics, it would make it easier for addicts to get help. ... Thank you for putting into words, the explanation of a portion of what an addict feels & deals with. Bless you all on your journey, and I'll be praying for you, that the pain of such a tremendous loss eases.

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Posted by Brenda L Lokovich Keith on 10/18/2018 at 9:18 AM

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Thank you for sharing. I am so sorry for you and your families loss. Your daughter was lucky to have you all to be there for her. I hope she is at peace now and you all can enjoy her memories with her son. He will need you all more than ever. Beautiful tribute

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Posted by Patti Hogan Maxam on 10/18/2018 at 9:18 AM

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My deepest condolences on your loss. Losing a child is the ultimate heartbreak. Thank you for sharing Maddie's story. I can't help but think others will benefit. Drug addiction is no respector of race, age or socioeconomic status. My own mother had a Masters degree, a successful career, a loving family..and an addiction to opiates for many years. She also suffered from major depression. After a serious suicide attempt in 2003 which was horribly traumatic for our family, she maintained her sobriety until she passed away in 2013. She was never free of the depression though and felt the stigma of that, her addiction and suicide attempt. I hope that as more people talk about these things, people will have compassion and will recognize these issues as illnesses in need of treatment and not character flaws. So I thank you.

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Posted by javaliz59 on 10/18/2018 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

Such a beautiful tribute. Thank you so much for writing it. I lost my nephew 2 1/2 years ago to heroin and I wish I had had words like yours to honor him. He was so good and fun and bright! Thank you for trying to educate readers that may not be as insightful as you are. You've done it in a kind and loving way. My prayers are with your family.

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Posted by Susie Seibert on 10/18/2018 at 9:06 AM

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I am so sorry for your loss. My sister died 8 years ago from mental illness and suicide. Although we saw it coming, the pain is just as great. Thank you for the honest sharing. May all who loved Maddie find comfort in memory.

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Posted by zocoma on 10/18/2018 at 9:01 AM

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Thank you for sharing your heartbreaking honesty at the loss of such a beautiful person. Your words honor Madelyn's life and establish a legacy for Ayden so that he will always know how strong his mother was despite the horrible disease that took control over her. I will spiritually be there with you all on the 21st and will keep Madelyn and Ayden in my thoughts, as well as the entire family.

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Posted by Kelley Ann Curtin on 10/18/2018 at 8:55 AM

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I am so sorry for your loss. Please continue to share Maddie's story. Keep her memory alive in others. I am so sorry she had to leave. I am happy she is no longer in pain.

Grief is breath taking and painful. It will consume you. It has been 16 years since my daughter passed. I know you will eventually, learn to live again in spite of how horrible you feel now. My heart is with you.
"Keep living until you feel alive again" author unknown

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Posted by Mary feigl on 10/18/2018 at 8:54 AM

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My prayers and love go out to all the family and friends of this beautiful woman. Thank you for the loving kind words and most of all your feelings on such a horrible subject. We too lost a wonderful young man this summer to an addiction he had been fighting for 10 years. He too was such a sweet, marvelous, loving person whom we thought would make it. The pain he felt never went away and the pain we feel won't either. In remembrance to all who have fought and lost.

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Posted by Forever on 10/18/2018 at 8:51 AM

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Thank you for writing such a thoughtful, though painful, obituary. I, too lost my adult sister to her addiction to prescription pain meds. It was the early 90s, when not as much was known about addiction. She struggled most of her adult life. I miss her every day. She was a mom to me when we lost our mother to, you guessed it, prescription pills (1970). I truly believe that this substance abuse addiction has some hereditary traits to it. My sister did not "learn" this behavior through our mother, as she was grown and gone from home when our mother became addicted. Much love and support to your family.

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Posted by Deana Rice on 10/18/2018 at 8:47 AM

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So beautiful and brave. My love, thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. As someone who has gone through this too, it's not the easiest consolation knowing she's now free, but her beautiful soul lives on through your touching tributes.

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Posted by Matt1111 on 10/18/2018 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

Heartfelt condolences on your loss. You have written a beautiful tribute to your dear Maddie. I feel by reading it that you have allowed me to know Maddie and through that knowledge have helped me and countless others to better understand the disease of addiction. Thank you for sharing her with us. May your memories be a source of comfort to you all at this difficult time and may you be spared further sorrow. RIP Maddie.

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Posted by Marla Goodwin Zipper on 10/18/2018 at 8:26 AM

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I send my love and condolences I too lost my youngest daughter Natoya Taylor to addiction ,to a laced batch of cocaine . I shall pray for you for peace as I know it is an every second thing to try and have . I believe Maddie is singing for our Lord above . Sing on Maddie Love Katie Pacheco

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Posted by Katie Pacheco on 10/18/2018 at 8:20 AM

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May she rest in peace and may her son and family know peace in their love for Maddie. There is not one person who has not been affected by this disease and the madness and sadness is relentless for all of us. I pray to God every day for the parents and children who are impacted and I continue to choose love.

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Posted by Marguerite Kraska Florensa on 10/18/2018 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

Awesome celebration of who she was.....is.. consumed by her addiction...and deep inside the rabbit hole...she was still a blessing to many...savor those special moments...knowing it was not where she wanted to stay...but where she felt condemned...a life sentence for all involved...seems she had a beautiful soul...forgive her for all her brokenness...love her for who she was ....know that she nestled in the arms of our Lord...surrounded by angels....shes a total peace...I did not know your girl...but my 2 Best Friends both lost a brother and a daughter...they are still broken as if it was this day ....the heartache never leaves...but you get thru knowing that they are no longer in the battle...the only way for them to win was to go be with God...Resting in peace...I am so sorry for your loss...God surround you and yours with good memories and love during this sad time

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Posted by Dee Mangione on 10/18/2018 at 8:10 AM

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