While I worked to become stronger and to build my business, the world around me continued to crumble. I lost Chips, and my mother-in-law, Emily. My cat, Shiska, my sixteen-year companion on this ride, had a seizure on my desk and went to kitty heaven. We had business challenges, and a friend betrayed us by stealing a significant amount of money from us.
Jamie continued in her addiction, with only brief periods when she was clean. She lived in a world of drugs and danger. To stay sane and safe, I drew my line in the sand, and let her go, hoping she would choose to come back and be a part of our world, absent of drugs, gangs, danger, and violence. It broke my heart, but I was no longer willing to self-destruct with Jamie.
Every morning, I prayed for a miracle, then let Jamie go. I believed that one day she would beat her addiction Beast and go on to make her mark on the world.