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Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis
Tell us about your loved one.
Scott was the most caring, compassionate person ever. He was always rescuing stray cats and adopted his dog from the local shelter. He was a gifted musician with his own band. He was a Paramedic and an RN and a very loving son. He was handsome, all the girls loved him. He was an excellent surfer.
Tell us about Scott's struggle with addiction
His struggle began at the age of 17 when a bandmate gave him a line of cocaine for his 17th birthday. He was instantly addicted. He once told me that drugs made him feel like what he thought normal people felt like. For some reason he had low self-esteem although he had everything going for him including a family who loved and appreciated him dearly. He was in and out of 5 rehabs, lasting anywhere from 7 days to 28 days and he seemed to emerge from them worse than when he went iin. He told me he'd wake up every morning wishing he were dead because of how he'd ruined his life. He told everyone though how lucky he was because he had parents who loved him.
What made Scott smile?
Scott's animals made him smile. And so did his music and reading. Helping people made him smile.
What do you miss most about Scott?
How can I say in words what I miss most about him? I miss everything about him, everything except his addiction. His smile brightened the room and I miss seeing that handsome face and especially miss him hugging me and kissing me and telling me I was his best friend. A few nights before he died he was lying on the sofa with his head in my lap and he put his arm up around my neck and said "I love you, mom." That memory helps to keep me going.