Born, 2.7.1965 in Wichita, KS. I grew up in Alton, IL, Terra Haute, IN, and from third grade, Waukon, IA. Graduated in 1983, and attended the University of Northern Iowa, running varsity indoor track for my first year, and graduated in 1988. Got a job in El Paso, TX, teaching middle school math for 13 years in the Ysleta ISD. Moved to Tempe, AZ the summer of 2001, and taught MS math and science through 2005. Became addicted to crack the beginning of July in 2004, and arrested on 3.1.2005 for possession of crack after leaving school in the early morning to score some crack for later after work. In 2010 I was going to commit suicide, and that’s when I saw the light of the Holy Spirit on 12.24.2010 at midnight mass. That radiant light changed my life forever.
Walking in Darkness then the Light is a true story about my addiction to drugs and how drugs tried to take my life more ways than one. I grew up in a small town in Iowa and very against drugs during my high school days. I was a shy, nerdy athlete. My second year of college, I broke down and tried pot when I was a little depressed. I was instantly addicted and wanted more and more ever since. I feel all drugs are gateway drugs. My addiction started with alcohol and then weed, cocaine, and lastly, crack cocaine.
I got addicted to crack the beginning of July of 2004. I was a teacher then and never expected to be so controlled by a drug before the start of the school year. The month of July, I don’t think I slept more than ten hours, so when the school year started the beginning of August, I was already in bad shape. The first semester was hell, and the second semester was worse, and I was on the brink of death. Before that happened, I was arrested on March 1, 2005, which was three weeks after my fortieth birthday.
After the arrest, the next five years were difficult, and I decided to commit suicide. I went home for Christmas one last time in 2010, and then I had a plan to walk into the Gulf of Mexico, never to be seen again in 2011. I went to midnight Mass on Christmas eve of 2010, and that is when I saw the light of the Holy Spirit, and that beautiful radiant light changed my life forever. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are real!