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From Motherless to Motherhood: A Journey of Addiction, Relationship & Love

From Motherless to Motherhood, by Jan Hiner. Photograph of mother and son by Daiga Ellaby

Photograph by Daiga Ellaby

A young mother’s courageous journey takes her from addiction and despair to health and hope

Every little girl dreams of getting older and relishing in spa days and shopping sprees with her mom.

I was no exception, but my storyline played out a little different. My father left my biological mother when I was two-years-old. He shipped me off to south Florida with my grandparents to spare me the heartache of the divorce and to shelter me from the reality of my biological mother’s relentless drug addiction.

A couple of years later, he met Sandie. Sandie quickly fell in

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