Kelsey Kivisto was a compassionate, beautiful, talented and intelligent young woman who got caught up in the drowning waters of heroin addiction. She wanted to quit towards the end of this all-consuming battle, but after many rehabs and attempts at sobriety, the climb out seemed inconceivable to her and that thought, in itself, caused her to use .... to numb the pain.
I miss Kelsey's sense of humor. I miss her phone calls and how she would jump into my arms when I would visit her. I miss how she would sit next to me and lay her head on my shoulder. I still feel that sometimes and incline my head back to where hers was. Kelsey had the most incredible smile that would light up in her eyes and light up the room.
Kelsey was my youngest, her brother and sister were 12 and 10 years older. But they loved Kelsey and she idolized them so there was not an estranged gap between the siblings. She had many friends and loved her family and extended family. There is a hole in our hearts because she is no longer with us, but we still feel her presence in unique signs that only she and her loved ones would be aware of. That is a consolation when the pain becomes unbearable.