Children Take Center Stage

My thoughts automatically turn toward our children, after I realize... I’m still alive! I just absorbed the hardest hitting punches possible that land flush on my face, nose, chin, eyes, head, stomach, ribs, and even a few below the belt. Amy fights differently than me. She fights dirty, but tough, even relentlessly.  In my mind,…

Drug-Induced Psychosis?

I’m kneeling down in a dried up creek bed. I’m at Ironwood National Forest. The area above the creek bed slopes upward and is dense with trees.  Bare tree limbs with no leaves hang down everywhere making it very difficult to traverse up the slope. It’s a comfortable, quiet night, about 2-3 o'clock in the…

More Amphetamines?

Tolerance?  Wait...WHAT?  What are you talking about? Like I said, you've built up a tolerance for stimulant medication. Would you mind explaining to me what tolerance is? Tolerance is when a person no longer responds to a drug in a way that person initially responded.  So, it takes more of the drug, higher doses, to…

The Endeavor Begins! [photos included]

Life is good, really good.  The increase in my dosage has caused my medication struggles to temporarily fade into the background.  Time flies. Business is booming, money is flowing in, and we move into our dream home. Because of our expertise in real estate investing, my partner and I are invited to speak at several national…

An Epiphany! 

It's March 2011. Our family moves from Kentucky to Arizona. It will still be two years until I discover the strange, life-altering, pile of skulls over our wall. For now, it’s an exciting time in our lives full of anticipation and renewal.  We take with us all the good, love, and amazing experiences from Kentucky as we…

An Unusually Strange Turn of Events

It's July 2013.  It's a beautiful Sunday morning about 5:30am in Chandler, Arizona. I'm up gazing out our back window into our beautifully landscaped backyard, noticing the crystal clear blue water of our pool glistening in the rising sun. Everything is quiet and peaceful. The family is still sleeping.  l feel compelled to walk out our back…

A Charmed Life

Prior to the beginning of our epic collapse, we live a charmed life.  I enjoy success in all my business ventures and we always have the things that make life comfortable and balanced.  My three oldest daughters say their childhood and growing up years are like a fairy tale, and they are. My wife is able…

Below Rock Bottom

It's December 13, 2015.  I've just woken up freezing cold and laying on top of an old bookcase in my makeshift shelter in a secluded field.  I'm homeless.  I have no money, no phone, and no transportation.  I've lost everything in my life including my beautiful wife and 6 amazing children, my multi-million dollar business, all my income, close and dear friends, and my dream home.