The opioid crisis, which claims thousands of American lives each year, traces its origins back to overprescribing painkillers. In this episode of Grieving Out Loud, hear the compelling story of a woman who defied the odds.
Jessica Chumley was a college graduate with a successful career, but her doctor prescribed her Oxycontin following surgery. Those pills led to a battle with substance use disorder that almost took her life. Today, Jessica shares her path to recovery and invaluable insights for those grappling with substance use disorder or other life challenges. Tune in for a powerful narrative of resilience, recovery, and hope in the face of adversity.
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Jessica Chumley’s life took a challenging turn when she battled addiction, losing everything she held dear. However, her story is one of triumphant recovery, with over 3.5 years of sobriety, a loving family, and a determination to help others. As a three-time open-heart surgery survivor, Jessica’s resilience is awe-inspiring. She’s become a powerful advocate, raising awareness about the dangers of fentanyl through her TikTok account, @operationopiate. Jessica is proof that even in the market of times, one can find strength, rebuild, and make a positive impact on the world.
Angela Kennecke is a journalist who lost her 21-year-old daughter Emily to fentanyl poisoning on May 16, 2018. Angela is “grieving out loud” to try to put an end to this epidemic by stopping the stigma and promoting the treatment of substance use disorder as the disease it is. Anyone coping with loss and looking for inspiration can benefit from listening to this podcast.