Mar 8, 2021
Jessie Dunleavy is the author of a newly released memoir, Cover My Dreams in Ink, the story of her son Paul's life. The memoir portrays Paul’s uphill battle with disabilities and Jessie's fight to ensure Paul had an appropriate education and suitable health care. In addition, the book details the fight for Paul's life as he entered the harrowing world of addiction.
Furthermore, Jessie shares what she's learned as a result of raising a child with differences. Also, she talks about the tragic overlay of failed systems that too often short-change the most vulnerable among us. Ultimately, Paul's death was preventable, and Jessie has become a staunch advocate for drug policy reform. Also, she’s committed to helping others who cope with the challenges of a substance use disorder, as well as the loss of a child. She’s also dedicated to fighting the stigma that has crippled needed reform.
In this interview we talk about the need for legislative change in addressing the overdose crisis and the impediments to getting legislation introduced and passed. Also, Jessie reads some of Paul's writings. Have a tissue handy as you listen to this interview but listen to it. Finally, we need you. We need everyone to be as educated on this topic as possible and to advocate for change.