For people who know me, they know I am aÂ proud recovered addict. I have been sober since 2008 and one day at a time, I will continue to do so for many years to come. When you're the kind of addict I was, life seems bleekÂ and I felt nothing but disgust for myself. SureÂ in the beginning it was fun, but it wasn't long before I was suicidal and in the very end,Â even though I didn' want to drink, I had to in order for my body to function properly.Â I admire the plethora of photo projects out thereÂ depicting recovering womenÂ addicts in various media platforms such as the fine-arts community, news coverage, and photojournalism. I believe these talented photographers genuinelyÂ andÂ beautifully capture the devastation female addicts causeÂ their love ones. However, there is another side of that spectrumÂ and that is the long-term sober woman. It's true not many womenÂ addicts overcome their vices and many give the ultimate sacrifice -death. And even though statistics prove that women with long-term recovery are slim if not rare, they are out there living productive and flourishing lives against the odds. I began my journey to find them a few years back, interview, and photograph them with this profound objective: to bring social awareness to their stories andÂ honor their accomplishments in hope that itÂ may help other women seek help.
My series "There is a Crack In Everything," isÂ still in its developing stages but I'm honored to know it's getting encouragingÂ recognition. So I'm tremendously honored to say that The New York Times - Lens Blog has picked-up my story and published itÂ today. If you have a moment please take a look.Thank you for your time.