Depression… A Constant Snowstorm

A friend shared this and it was stated that I can be shared. I battle depression on a daily basis and I thought this was a very good way to explain it others so I wanted to share it. Since 1999, the national suicide rate has risen 28%, according to the Centers for...

A Review of 13 Reasons Why: Netflix Series Season 1

Hello World, As promised this my review of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why based on the best-selling book by Jay Asher. This is a review of Season 1.  To label the book and series as being emotional is quite the understatement. Having watched the series and having...

Three Years… Amber We Love You

It's hard to believe that is has been three years now. Three very difficult years. Three years not seeing you smile or hearing you. Three years not hearing you you say "Uncle Lou", "Love you" or hugging me. Amber, you taught me so much and opened my mind out to see...

Anthony’s Run for Recovery

One thing that I have learned in the nearly three years since we lost Amber is that so many others who lost their loved ones are speaking out and trying to help others. They are not allowing the stigma to hide their love. They are trying to change the world in every...

Memorial Day… Remembering The Lost

Today, I would like to share something a little different. Memorial Day weekend, many people spend the weekend having picnics. But, it is a time to remember those we have lost that have served our country. I am thinking of someone who served and is struggling. There...
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Rest In Peace Brain and Jim

Last night at 9:00 PM, my cousin Brain passed. He struggled for a very long time, the last four weeks where very tough and emotional as he laid unresponsive in the hospital. Family was gather regularly to visit him and keeping our hopes up. Monday, he was removed from...

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An Open Letter

My friend Richard posted an open letter regarding the addiction epidemic and the current state of affairs. Please read his open letter on the RecoveryCartel.com Most of the time we “walk among you”. We work alongside you. We go to church with you. Sometimes we...

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We MUST Change The World

Life is tough. I have been battling my depression and anxiety a lot lately. I go through phases with it through the years that I have been dealing with it. Depression slows me down sometimes. But, it does not stop me. I have NOT quit and never will quit. I believe...

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Mental Health Month – Fitness #4Mind4Body

Mental Health Month is May, today is May 1st. I started a new book a few days again that has been eye opening to me and just enlightening. I have been around recovery for so much of my life, but this book is just really connecting to me. I didn't expect to connect so...

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UR Way Memorial

On May 20, 2018 at the West End-Elliot Overlook in Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Won't Forget U is hosting the UR Way Memorial. We are excited to attend this event and take time to remember and talk with others who know all to well this horrible heartbreak. Families and...

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Book Review: Mental Health Emergencies

A first responder's guide to recognizing and handling mental health crises. I saw this book and wanted to read it to learn how to help others including myself. I have no medical training and am NOT a first responder. I am a parent and an advocate. I feel that everyone...

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National Take Back 2018

**Please Share This Has Great Potential to Save a Life** This Saturday, April 28th, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 am to 2 pm. Prescription drugs have been finding their ways on the streets and in the pockets of our youth.  After collecting more...

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Compassion & Love

I sit here tonight. Thinking of my cousin, Amber and so many others battling the demons of addiction. Amber passed quickly from an overdose after struggling with depression and self medication. My cousin, he has been in a coma for nearly weeks now. Addiction is a...

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Sage’s Army

When we decided to add advocate profiles to Sunflower Effect, we knew that the very first one to add was Sage's Army. I meet Carmen within the first couple weeks after we lost Amber. He has been a mentor and a brother to me ever since. He has provided me...

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Sunflower Effect – Feb 2018 Update

Sunflower Effect News and Updates We have been hard at work on several little projects and are excited to be part of change, together we can change the world. This is something that we believe deep in our hearts. There are so many wonderful advocates fighting the...

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Advocate Profiles – Help Requested

Since we lost Amber on June 4, 2015, we have meet some amazing and wonderful people that are fighting hard to save others. They have passion and dedication and work tirelessly, the majority of them do this on a volunteer basis. All of them do this because they believe...

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