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5 to 15 years is usually a sentence for a crime not a percursor to death... at least for most people that is.


Background Information

As a child I grew up in Wyoming, Michigan the eldest child of 2 sisters and 2 brothers, (including another half brother).  At around the age of 15 I was forced to take control as head of the household when my parents divorced, more or less forcing me to take on the responsibility of raising my sister Laura (my sister Alisha, the youngest of the two going with my mother) and my brother Eric as well as taking care of my father in the months that followed after his health diminished.  At the age of 16 I was forced to quit high school, and sought employment to help take care of my father and his continued health issues, though by then my mother had won custody of all my siblings.  In January 1998, my father passed away after taking a fall a few days after Christmas, at that time, with how my life was going and my outlook on things (Way Emo) I was hoping for his death as it was the only way at that time that I felt my life would have a purpose or meaning, I was starting to hate all my friends and family members who had gone on to college, found lovers, and started having families of their own, while my life was a constant rut.  In the end he passed away and I went to live with my maternal grandparents, who taught be a lot about the real world, life, love, and family and help me forgive myself for thinking the things I thought back when my father was still alive.

In 2000 after the passing of both my grandparents, I went back to school and received my GED.  In 2004, thanks to the assistance of a pastor (John Collins), I was able to go to college and major in pre-law.  While at college I took on several other areas of study to include, diversity in society, psychology, philosophy, sociology, history and humanities.  These classes helped me in understanding a lot about my full potential as well as the world around me.  In 2005 I became a volunteer for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for abused and Neglected Children, and did this until late 2009 when my own health issues began to interfere with my daily life.  Having no insurance because of a cheap employer (Advance Security) I either ignored my health issues or went to free clinics which were able to extend things.  In December of 2010 thanks to the New Health Care Act I was able to obtain health insurance, only to find out a few months ago that I have NASH, more or less known as Non-Alcoholic Liver Issues, and that I now have 5 - 15 years before i will need a liver transplant, that is of course if i can get my other health issues in check before that time.  Needless to say, at the moment i am determined to get my thoughts and stories out as fast as i can before it is too late for me to pass them on to future generations.

Writing Motivation:

What motivates me to write is my ability to always think and see things from outside of the box... in fact for me there is no box, I just have an odd way of looking at things.   Or as some of my professors said in college, "I live in a constant state of paranoia." which i agree is true.

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Currently my most recent work is in the genre of True Crime, Dysfunctional Relationships with a
book about the murder of my Cousin Jeff Dryden who was abused by his Girlfriend who eventually killed him by stabbing him in the neck when he decided to leave her.  This book is very dear to my heart and and has been recently published in December of 2011, titled "The Murder of Jeffrey Dryden: The Grim Truth Surrounding Male Domestic Abuse.

 

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