Friday, June 15, 2018
Healing Scarred Hearts by Susan Hoemke Review
Healing Scarred Hearts: A Family's Story of Addiction, Loss, and Finding Light
by Susan Hoemke
In this emotional memoir, Susan Hoemke divulges the heart-wrenching story of her son Hayden's eight-year battle with drug addiction, and his tragic death at age twenty two. Through the pain of losing a child, Susan unflinchingly relates the crimes that her son's desperation for a fix drove him to commit, and how the mental and physical impact of the drugs on his body turned her happy, creative son into a stranger in their home.
The years surrounding Hayden's death have been some of the most difficult in the family's life, his addiction not only affecting him but all those around him. Rebuilding their home and family, and attempting to see light in the darkest days they'd ever experienced proved to be an incredibly difficult effort, but not impossible. Hoemke hopes that her family's story will serve as a wake-up call to people everywhere about the drug epidemic across this country, and as a song of hope for those suffering through what her family has.
I received a complimentary copy.
Cassandra's review- As sad and heart attaching as this author's words are to read. I feel like this is a story that is all too familiar in the world. It would be easy for the reader to feel connected and sadden, perhaps even humbled by the story. Unfortunately most families have at least one person that goes down this road, but just how far, know one really knows. I am glad in the way that the realness comes to light and the authors choice to speak up and help which hopefully helps her to heal even more.