I am going to lobby on Capitol Hill in two days time. What a terribly American thing to do and one to cross off my ‘bucket list’ for sure! For those of you who don’t know, I am an English person with a strange sort of mid-Atlantic accent.
This is a drug reform bill that has been three years in the making. People better than I have been working on it… for a long time! It will save lives and we all need to support it. We can argue on how many lives, but I know that one of those lives could have possibly been that of my own child.
I have started to understand that there had to be a perfect storm for Kathrine to die in this way and at the time she did. In order for our beautiful, imperfect daughter, born of imperfect parents, to be living in a geographical area of the world that was, for so many reasons, involved in an opioid epidemic, at that exact time she became a legal adult, making her own way in the world … WOW! We couldn’t have planned for all those pieces of the jigsaw to come together even had we tried.
And therefore, I will lobby on Capitol Hill in 48 hours, although I have no idea how to do that. Luckily, I will be with some of the members of our support group, and we will learn together. And, at the end of the day and between us all, we just may one day, save a child.