27 September 2014

R.I.P. Joan Bowen

My mother passed away after a long battle with cancer on Monday, 22nd September, at 5:30pm. I wanted to honour her for the input that she has had with this project. First off for the total support that she gave to me personally throughout my lifetime of addiction, always believing that one day I would get clean and stay clean. That is so massive that I cant even describe to you what that means. Without her support, I would certainly not be here, and neither would Visible Recovery.

I also want to thank her for her assistance in helping me to visualise and crystallise my ideas to the point that this project was physically manifested. There were a few times I was ready to give up, and she would say..."just have faith, all will be well, I know it will...". She was right. 

I am grateful that I was able to have her present at the opening of my business, and that she was able to drop in from time to time with friends and see it all progress to where it is today. In her last days, she told me of how proud she was of me and what I had achieved. I finally felt that the living amends of staying clean and sober one day at a time had achieved a resolve for her and for me. She was proud that I was doing something that has, and will continue, to change peoples lives.

I will miss her kind and selfless manner, and her emotional intelligence, but hold dear to my heart that I was the only one in the room there with her as she took her last breath. RIP mum. I will miss you so much. XXX