Jennifer Pankey sat in her hospital room, reflecting on the nearly 30 years of life that led to this.
The busy maternity ward echoed outside the door, making the silence in her room feel suffocating. The cradle next to Jennifer was empty. Mere moments after her baby girl was born, Child Protective Services took her away. Doctors found meth in the baby’s system.
In the midst of her racing thoughts, Jennifer found a moment of clarity. She knew when she left the hospital, she had a choice.
“Either I could go home and start this cycle of drugs and pain all over again,” Jennifer said, “Or I could change.”