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Ellen Hassinger

Ellen Hassinger

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Everything. She was my niece. My daughters grew up being good friends with her. They miss her terribly. We are all so sad that there was no way to save her...she just did not want to be saved, she did not think this could happen to her, she thought some day she could stop.

Tell us about your loved one.

Ellen was a very loving person. she would always have a smile, and try to cheer up others. She left behind a beautiful young daughter, whom she loved very much. She had been a top notch swimmer, before her addiction. She held statewide and club records for her speed. Once she reached high school, everything changed, but her heart was still loving and kind, and her smile, beautiful!

Tell us about Ellen's struggle with addiction

Somehow, her self confidence and interest in her future came tumbling down. Her mom was a single parent, and tried very hard to give her good life. Ellen's compassion for others led her to befriend the downtrodden, and spend time with people who were not the most upstanding folk... She made bad choices. She began to use drugs in high school, and her family helped her to attend a recovery program/school, out of state, for 18 months. She did well there, but had relapses after she graduated from high school. Once she was 18, there was little her family could do, other than to tell her often how much we loved her, and encourage her to get help. Though she dearly loved her daughter, she was not able to get herself clean, and maintain custody. She moved out of state, and rejected all attempts by her loved ones to help her find a new path. Unfortunately, she died of an overdose of heroin, presumed by police to have been mixed with another lethal drug. Her family (mother and brother) are raising her daughter, and cherish the memory of the sweet, kind girl that she was.

What made Ellen smile?

Her daughter, friends, butterflies

What do you miss most about Ellen?

Everything. She was my niece. My daughters grew up being good friends with her. They miss her terribly. We are all so sad that there was no way to save her...she just did not want to be saved, she did not think this could happen to her, she thought some day she could stop.

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