When a family is impacted by loss; there is always a clear line defining the before and after.
My name is Veronica Rosado and here is a little bit of my “before”. I was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts on the East side of the city. I attended David Hale Fanning Trade School when I became pregnant with the first of my three beautiful children. I named him Michael. My whole world changed, and my sole focus was being the best mother that I could be to my child. Making ends meet, working and trying to make life rich for my family was not easy. I later had a daughter I named MaryAnn and another son, I named Jay. My children grew up and I became a grandmother. It was during this time that I enrolled in college and obtained my Associate Degree in Medical Assisting. My children began making their way in the world as adults. My youngest enlisted and became a Marine. He is currently stationed away from home. My middle child is a beautiful and doting mother and daughter. She is my best friend and we talk nearly every day.
It was the loss of my first born, Michael on December 30, 2016 where my “after” began. It is where I am now. Michael struggled with substance abuse for almost ten years. During that time, I learned a new language; the language of addiction. I learned how and what people can use to get high with. I learned how to tell the “truth” from a “lie.” Most importantly, I learned how to love unconditionally. It was in that love that I learned to fight for someone who couldn’t or wouldn’t fight for themselves. I understood what it meant to advocate.
It was the lessons that I have learned that inspire me to love other families who are experiencing this same loss. The families that miss someone on every holiday, looking at family photos with a sense of “missing” a part of their story and whose laughter often ends with a sigh because the pain they feel still won’t allow them to lose themselves in joyous moments. I want other families to know that they never need to feel shame about speaking of their loved one or celebrating their life. It is my desire to help end the stigma, promote change and most importantly, cover families like mine in this “Banner of Love,”
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Build The Banner. Build the Banner of Love is a 501(c) 3 Non-Profit Organization that reaches out to families that have lost a loved one through addiction.