I started following Katie some time this year after discovering her through Heather. Katie has kids that span a wide range of ages, mothers how I wish I mothered, and lives in Knoxville – my hometown. She’s in a business I think is fascinating and she has the beautiful family I often envied through photos and stories. I don’t think I ever commented on her blog but I periodically responded to her on Twitter. I felt very much a part of her life, as many of us do as lurkers on stranger’s blogs. When I read her tragic article about her addicted son and the recent catastrophe her family suffered as a result of that addiction, I became wholeheartedly invested in Henry’s recovery. I followed every update on Twitter and every entry at her blog.
Katie lost her beautiful Henry last night and I can think of nothing but the pain she and her family is in right now. I know we are all just watchers in each others’ lives, but my heart aches for her and wishes I could do something as the stranger who read her stories and followed her journey. There is nothing I can do for her, but I couldn’t let my blog sit here without some sort of acknowledgment of her loss. I want her to know that her beautiful Henry has been in my mind these last several weeks and that her family holds a place in my heart today.