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Tell us about your loved one.
My daughter Margaret Alexandra (Sasha) Kogan died from the combined effects of alcoholism and bulimia, November 19th, 2012. She was 28 years old. A wonderful pianist and visual artist. She was masterful in costuming and was often her own canvas filled with many expressions.
Sasha was in the 2002 Who's Who in American High schools. I would like to see a book about Who America Has Lost. Including examples of their art, music their writing,poetry, design, and their performances in the temporal arts. I have not only lost my daughter, we have all lost a next generation of potential. Young women who will never have children. Parents who will never have grandchildren.
I have experienced the deaths of my children's friends. The number of their friends that have died due to drugs and alcohol in their twenties out number the number of my age friends that have died in my 69 years.
Addiction is an epic tragedy to all families and friends; all are driven by epic purportions of ignorance across the nation and around the world.
There is no shame in being ill.
Tell us about Margaret's struggle with addiction
Denial preceded her fall. Even after hospitalization after heart failure in the emergency room she was in denial. Telling her friends she had a stomach virus. She never admitted to having a problem. And those around her were ignorant of as well as addicted themselves. Denial, then Shame and embarrassment, and more denial escorted her to the end.
What do you miss most about Margaret?
I miss her amazing self the most. I miss the music she wrote I miss hearing her play the piano. I miss her hugs and her laughter. My daughter Margaret Alexandra (Sasha) Kogan died from the combined effects of alcoholism and bulimia, November 19th, 2012. She was 28 years old. A wonderful pianist and visual artist.
This was taken two weeks before her body shut down.