TODAY IS DUSTY'S BIRTHDAY....
She came from an average middle class American family.
Unlike some of the teens you hear about who run away from alcoholic or drug addicted parents, she just wasn't happy at home. She didn't get along with her step dad. Her mom wasn't aware of his mental abuse, didn't know the scope of the physical abuse, and wasn't a happy person herself.
Dusty had an older sister who'd left home as a teen and chose to live life in the fast lane. Drugs, money, freedom....
Dusty thought this was how she wanted to live also. So she left to find her sister, and she did.
She was 13..
She joined a gang, got addicted to drugs, was in and out of detention homes
She went home for awhile at 15 but decided it just wouldn't work.
Eventually she married, but he was also into drugs....
There's much more to her story...
But the important part is where she's at now.
She's remarried, has two great kids,
Is drug free, stopped smoking, gained weight :)
Is PTA President at her kids school
And Co Chair for the Community Action Center.
Dusty is also my daughter....
And I'm so very, very proud of her.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY # 34 DUSTY
YOUR MOM LOVES YOU