Danielle Alston Charrier
When she was pregnant with her youngest child, who is now 9, she suffered from terrible migraines and was prescribed Vicodin. Also, she endured lumbar punctures on a bi-weekly basis to drain fluid that surrounded her brain. It was at this time she became dependent on pain medication.
After her daughter was born in 1999, she had two surgeries to insert a shunt to drain this fluid, but did not get the relief she needed. She tried so hard so many times to get off of the Vicodin, but even rehab did not help. She fatally overdosed in 2005.
I have never known a pain like this; my heart is broken and will never heal. She was my best friend in the world. As time moves on I suppose I will learn to accept her passing, but it is as if a piece of me has been ripped out. I am raising my grand-daughters and it is very hard at times, but we are a strong family.
I believe and I know we are going to get through this. My daughter loved life, she adored and cherished her children and husband, and she was so much fun to be with before the medication took over her life. Christmas and 4th of July (her birthday) were her favorite holidays. She had a passion for helping those less fortunate than her, even in the end of her life, and she was my life.
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