Loving an addict is messy and overwhelming. Some days, it feels too exhausting to keep fighting for hope and love.

Dear Tillie,

This is the story of a pretty girl who dreamed she would see these teeth in her future wedding album.

Dear Grief,

I didn’t expect to meet you in the dentist’s chair.

My mom told my grandma I had to leave home. “She’s going to find her happiness,” she said.

I begged her to stop saying that to the neighbors and the hair stylist and the gynecologist, mid-pap smear.

“It just makes me sound like a lost wanderer.”

Ashley Tieperman

Find me writing at www.ashleytieperman.com. I started the Addicted to Love Club for people learning to love in life with an addict. www.addictedtoloveclub.com

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