Bonding with others who’ve lost is therapy

Anne Moss Rogers; Jill Cichowicz; Omar Abubaker, DMD, PhD
Anne Moss Rogers; Jill Cichowicz; Omar Abubaker, DMD, PhD

So recently my friend, Jill Cichowicz, whose twin brother died from Substance Use Disorder, arranged a meeting with me and Omar Abubaker, DMD, PhD who lost his son to addiction as well. We talked about pushing forward our agenda on substance abuse education and how, we, as people who have lost someone precious to this drug epidemic can make a difference and educate people on this disease–starting with presenting it as a disease.

Dr. Abubaker is a seasoned speaker. As head of the VCU Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, he speaks to a lot of students and presents at a lot of dental conferences all over the country. Jill raises money, a lot of money, for the cause in her brother Scott’s name.

We talked and listened to each other. And we all got teary at one point. One cries and it’s like dominoes and the rest of us fall.

By the time we left, I felt so good. We all did. It was like a therapy session. The value of being with others who have suffered the same hurt cannot be underestimated and it’s why I push support groups.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am the mother of two boys and the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am a writer and professional public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief and my book, Diary of a Broken Mind, will be published in the fall. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website

2 thoughts on “Bonding with others who’ve lost is therapy”

  1. That’s a power team right there!! Looking forward to hearing more as you three continue making a difference. ❤️

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