Monday, April 14, 2014

April Blog Hop for #Autism Awareness #Giveaway

Autism is a hidden condition; a diagnosis does not involve a physical examination.

This year I'm happy to take part in RJ Scott's April Autism Blog Hop. Each participant was given a fact about autism to post. Mine is above. It's ironic that RJ gave me a fact that is so fitting to my post. I don't have a child with autism, but I know what it's like to have a child with a hidden condition.   

I lived through every parent's worst nightmare. My son died of a drug overdose. Many of you don't know that, because it's still too hard for me to talk about it. The pain, emotional and physical, is unimaginable. I still feel like someone ripped a piece of my heart out.

Jon's addiction started when he was prescribed pain killers after a car accident. For a long time, he was able to hide his growing dependency from everyone. When we realized the truth we tried to get him help but it was too late.

Books, writing, and these two groups helped me survive the worst days of my life.

Now, I'm here to support other parents and children who are going through their own struggles. Please know you're not alone.

Read the other blog posts and enter the giveaways. You can find them here: 

And leave a comment below for a chance to win two ebooks from my backlist—your choice. I’ll announce the winner on April 16th.



RJ Scott said...

Gale I am so sorry... HUGS YOU HARD... thank you for taking part... :)

laurie said...

thank you for having the courage to share your story. it's always hard for parents to watch their children suffer and not be able to do much about it

Gale Stanley said...

Thanks RJ and Laurie! Sending hugs back.

Tracy George said...

Bigs hugs for you... I'm am so sorry to hear what happened too your son. Thank you for sharing your own heart wrenching story with us.
geetracy1170 (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I'm so, so sorry about Jon! [hugs]

Trix, vitajex(at)aol(dot)Com

Cherie Noel said...

Gale, I too have a child with a "hidden" condition. It's so damn hard. You... geez, I'm tearing up here. You are so damn brave to share this with us. Thank you.

Gale Stanley said...

Thank you all for the support. I'm not brave at all. It's taken years for me to be able to write that. Jon died in 2004, and I still wake up crying some nights. Cherie, if you ever need to talk, or whatever... I'm here.

Laurie P said...

So very sorry to hear that. Sending you hugs and love. And thank you for helping other parents.

ShirleyAnn said...

I'm so sorry about your son it must have been very hard. Thank you for taking part in this Blog Hop it has been so interesting and great idea to bring awareness of Autism.

bn100 said...

Brave of you to share your story

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Jen CW said...

I'm sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the pain this has caused you. [Hugs] Thank you for sharing your story, as painful as it was. It's good for others to know that they are not alone in these situations, just as you are not either.


H.B. said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Thank you for taking part in the hop and for sharing something so personal.

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Gale Stanley said...

You guys are the best! I really appreciate your comments.

Life Without Frank said...

I lost my brother-in-law to a drug overdose, I can't imagine what you and my mother-in-law went/are going through. Thank you for sharing something so personal.

Shannon F

Gale Stanley said...

Thanks for your support Shannon.
It's an ongoing journey. There will always be a hole in my heart. My grandchildren have been a real blessing.