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Tell us about your loved one.
The disease of addiction takes good people to bad places. In Greg's case he served time in prison. A little more than a week after he was released, we had a family skate that had already been planned. That is what is pictured. Greg skated with an incredible freedom. He was engaged with all of his family. If was as if he had never left us. He helped our three year old grandnephew skate. I felt as if I had he had reclaimed himself, the real Greg. He talked equally with his aunts and uncles, his cousins and the younger children. That day was as if he had never been away.
Tell us about Gregory's struggle with addiction
Greg experimented in late middle school and early high school. The experimentation escalated up the chain. His disease caused him to twice withdraw from college. The disease led to a path of heroin, first snorting and finally injecting. Despite 17 months of being clean, and in part assisted by alcohol, he attempted to "scratch the itch" one more time. Greg made a very bad decision and it proved to be fatal.
What made Gregory smile?
Greg usually smiled. He had always been described by one word, "sweet." This was not just family, but friends who knew him the longest as well. Thoughts of his brother and younger sister made him smile. Talking about going concerts to see his favorite groups made him smile. It also made him smile when he exceeded the expectations of others, an "I told you I could do it" kind of smile.
What do you miss most about Gregory?
I miss his quips, said with a devilish glint in his eye. I was talking with Greg and my wife one time shortly before he died and I was saying, "If I ever go crazy ...". Greg didn't miss a beat, interrupting in the middle, "How will we know?" I'll miss the banter he had with his brother, Dave. I miss the little things that we take for granted, like just watching a ballgame together. I miss the experiences that he will never have. I just miss my son. I miss Greg.