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Lynn Reeves IMOA
February 25, 2018

My son remembered. #IMOA 12,169

Today, one year ago, my son Adam died from a heroin overdose. I share this so that the conversation about this poison and the thousands of lives it claims every year never stops. We’ve all heard the statistics – More than 64,000 people died in 2016 from overdoses. Heroin epidemic, opioid crisis…..it’s almost a daily report on the news. What does it really mean….. It means that every single day, more than 175 mothers/fathers, brothers/sisters find…

Adam Perez
June 1, 2017

VIDEO POST: Great sorrow stimulates action that forges change.

This video was played for Adam’s memorial service.

Adam Perez
May 1, 2017

The first five years and a long descent.

During the initial first five years of his mental illness, while we were going back and forth to our therapist, while he was being prescribed a litany of medications from zoloft to trazadone, lithium, depakote, paxil, prozac – Adam was regularly smoking pot. Now, I can’t say for sure that it interacted with his medication – but, I can’t say for sure that it didn’t. Regardless, things didn’t get much better. He attended an alternative…

A mother's story.
April 1, 2017

A mother’s story: Adam.

In early 1994 Adam was a noticeably different 11 year old – usually an extraordinary student, mature, responsible, gave way to a reckless attitude – angry, oppositional, a little scary for those of us living with him who were not accustomed to this personality. I sought assistance from the pediatrician who suggested that hormones were playing a part. That was it. We were sent home without an answer, and the outbursts continued – accompanying them…

How did we get here?
March 1, 2017


As I stood in the hospital room, feeling like I was in a dream, the running thought was, “How did we get here?” I remember whispering it over and over. As I watched my son’s chest rise and fall, painfully aware that the motion was not being done by him, but by a machine. The reality of a drug overdose. A neurologist saying that 96% of his brain was not functioning, and that they would…