As I shared with you in my last post, Elizabeth Whitton‘s granddaughter, Tiffany Whitton, vanished on 9/13/13. With Tiffany’s Mother’s permission, I am sharing what I have learned about this horrific story of a missing loved one.[pullquote]You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper[/pullquote]
It is a known fact that Tiffany had been struggling with a drug problem, but that doesn’t change the pain this family has suffered…not knowing where Tiffany has gone, whether or not she is alive or deceased.
Who addicts are to their friends and family and
what they struggle with are not the same thing.
With an active Facebook page entitled Find Tiffany Whitton, there is still hope that one day they will discover the truth about this precious one’s disappearance. Tiffany was last seen in a Marietta Walmart parking lot, where her then boyfriend, Ashley Caudle, claims she ran away from him. This family is begging someone to come forward with answers about Tiffany. [pullquote] thoughts from Tiffany’s Mother: I read something today that immediately brought tears to my eyes. It is a one-line prayer that simply says: “Let me not die while I am still alive.” It really cut straight to my heart because I feel as though that’s what I’ve been doing — slowly dying while I’m still alive. At times, I was conscious of this and there was a part of me that didn’t care because I just want to talk to Tiffany…” A recent Facebook post by Lisa, Tiffany’s Mother[/pullquote] This family believes someone out there knows the truth. Could you be that someone who knows what happened to Tiffany? If so, please contact the MPD at 770-794-6990 or this family on the Find Tiffany Whitton website.
There is no doubt that a life in addiction played a role in taking Tiffany away from those she loves. “Heroin was once the scourge of the urban poor, but today the typical user is a young, white suburbanite, a study finds. And the path to addiction usually starts with prescription painkillers.” ( NPR article) Illicit drug use has truly become an epidemic in our world today. [pullquote]Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire[/pullquote] All prescription drugs must be kept in a safe, guarded place, only being taken by those whose name is on the script. For the past six years I have been a volunteer at a nearby recovery center. My service to them is simple: loving them while doing collage art therapy with them every other Wednesday afternoon. I have learned so much from these women. They have taught me a lot about courage and I would not trade my time with them for anything. Drug addiction steals dreams away. It splits lives apart.