Wake Up Mom!
Can't you see your son is an addict?
So excited to announce the launch date of my book "Wake Up Mom". Wake Up Mom is a true account of
a heartbreaking journey through my son's addictive years. When I finally recognized his abuse of prescription drugs I tried to do everything in my power to get his life back on track. I felt compelled to write this story with the hope it may help others who have a loved one who is experiencing abuse. It hopefully will give some inspiration to those who are ready to give up. The book will be available on Amazon August 20!
The son I was trying to save from addiction....
The Reviews are coming in.....
A gripping, heartfelt chronicle of surviving the helplessness and heartache of every parent’s worst nightmare.
A must read for anyone with a child struggling with addiction.
Andy Chaleff Author ofThe Last Letter
As a friend I wish I could have been more helpful to Linda on her journey. Every journey throught the disease of addiction is different and complicated. Recovery takes so much discipline and is not guaranteed. We all need "others"in a big way...not to do the work, but to keep balanced. We all go off the rails. Linda saved Dana's life. My wife saved mine.Wake Up Mom! is a story that Linda shares in dramatic personal detail.
As Linda shares, "addiction is like a splinter in my soul,
constantly hurting a refusing to go away." I was honored to read her story and share my thoughts.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Nationally certified counselor
_____________________"A riveting read that I would highly recommend for any adult wishing to learn more about addictive behaviors."
Bud Boughton author of The Missing Piece
As a single mother of an adult child struggling with substance abuse, I found Linda’s book spoke
directly to me. Her estimate of the emotional, physical, and financial burden of supporting a
child with an addiction is right on the mark. Yet her tireless self-examination, razonalization,
misplaced assumptions and guilt can be shared with any mother who has bought into the myth
that moms are supposed to “fix” anything that goes wrong in our families. Linda’s is an
amazing story of not just a mother’s tenacity, but the triumph of the human spirit over the
unforeseeable. As both a “how to” and a “how NOT to do” template, Linda’s book is like
looking into a mirror.
Retired corporate attorney
Former feature writer for daily newspaper
Creator of Mcvittymovies.wordpress.com
"...a heartbreaking story revealing the emotional seesaw a mother experiences in dealing with her son's addiction...a must read for any parent about to give up on their child."
Joanne McCallie,Author of secret Warrior
In Linda Lee
Henderson’s riveting memoir, Wake Up, Mom: Can’t You See Your Son Is An Addict,
about the addiction of her son, Dana Henderson, and she and her daughters' own
entanglement in his nearly twenty-year reliance on prescription drugs, Henderson’s
anguish and involvement in her attempts to come to the rescue of Dana is both harrowing
and frustrating. That’s what mom’s do is a constant refrain throughout this very readable
memoir, and her redoubtable determination to help heal her son is at the very center of
her difficult journey. One of the remarkable parts of this memoir is Henderson’s
willpower to function in the diurnal rhythms of life. Henderson is an adventurous woman
and her life’s excursion from countries in South America, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and
the Outer Banks of North Carolina with stops in Prague and Paris make her memoir a
reminder that the most profound obstacles on one’s path in life can still have extremely
rewarding moments. Without spoiling the ending of this wonderful memoir, it is safe to
say Henderson’s strength as a woman and mother propel this story to an important
conclusion. I highly recommend reading this valuable memoir for both pleasure and
author of The Weight Of Sadness
Wake Up Mom!
My son was fine. He was talented, bright athletic and so energetic. His life was full and he was thriving. Then a doctor prescribed him a drug which totally changed his life. This tale of chaos portrays the emotional seesaw I experienced as my son experienced disaster after disaster. It describes the pain and challenges we both faced in an effort to overcome his addiction. This is our story.
Linda Lee Henderson's Story
Linda Lee Henderson grew up in Hunterdon County New Jersey where she developed a love of reading and raced go karts and built tree houses with her three brothers. She received her master's degree in education from the College of William and Mary and taught elementary school and Columbus ,Mississippi before moving to Bangkok, Thailand where she taught in the International School: then she taught and worked as an administrator in the International Schools of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Caracas, Venezuela. After returning stateside Linda switched career paths and has worked in real estate for thirty years.
Linda's love and devotion to her family has always been her first priority. When she finally recognized her son was addicted to prescription drugs she felt compelled to share her story about the unraveling of his life. After moving to Hilton Head, South Carolina, she took on the task of tryng to make sense of how and why this happened.
When she is not writing,selling real estate or doing crafts with he granddaughters, Linda pretends to be good at golf and tennis and enjoys many friendships.
"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves"