Bonnie Aaron lived one of the worst nightmares on a parents list when her daughter nearly died from a drug overdose that lead to Compartment Syndrome.
Bonnie’s daughter Tiffany was a heavy drug user. In an effort to help her, they kidnapped her and placed her in a treatment program. Unfortunately, this didn’t help. Not long after, Tiffany overdosed and her parents found her unresponsive on the floor. She was taken to the hospital where her diagnosis was grim.
The doctor’s recommendation for treatment was to amputate both of her legs and her right arm. Ummmmm, amputate her legs and arm?! What?!
Tiffany was only in her mid-twenties and Bonnie didn’t feel it was her right to make that decision. She declined and the doctors did what they could to help Tiffany.
Enter Compartment Syndrome
Compartment Syndrome occurs when your blood pressure slows down too much, your muscles and membranes start to suffocate. This breaks down your tissue and creates toxins which can reach your heart and kill you.
In order to save her limbs the doctors had to perform radical surgeries that resulted in truly gruesome and invasive cutting on her limbs.
After her surgeries, Tiffany spent 60 days in rehab.
Once she was home, she began abusing her prescription medications and her parents sent her to rehab again, which helped with her alcohol dependency but didn’t put a dent in her drug use.
During the whole ordeal, Bonnie suffered many other setbacks that sent her into depression and left her feeling like her identity had become the Mother of an Addict.
“I was obsessed with fixing Tiffany, so my life could be better.”
Being swallowed whole by all of the stresses led to Bonnie’s transformation. Bonnie realized she had to stop playing the victim role to her daughter’s addiction.
Today Bonnie speaks to others to share her story that offers hope and inspiration and release their suffering.
Her big takeaway is that there is a difference between Unconditional love and Intentional love
- Setting boundaries
- Clear expectations
- Stop Enabling
Bonnie and I discussed the benefits of learning how to stop being a victim. Bonnie read self-help books, talking to others. I mention Radical Leadership which you can find here at Radical Leadership.com .
Please take a moment to watch this video. It is powerful and a bit gruesome so be prepared! Share the video and this episode with your social media tribe and help save a life!