And, yes, sometimes it stinks. Having been taught to "never air your dirty laundry," I resorted to hiding in my shame and embarrassment. Addiction was my family's "unmentionable." It was silently suffocating my spirit and literally worrying me sick. Addiction has put my family and me through the wringer. All of us have been affected in various ways. Some have died, some have almost died, some recovering and some still battling.

I'm hanging it out on the line and sharing my story. I am personally vested having had experienced both addiction and recovery within my family. And, yes, both have changed my world. At one point, while I rejoiced in one brother's sobriety, I stood in the hospital's ICU unit writing the eulogy of his twin brother placed on life support after a long battle with addiction. It is with joy (and a miracle) that I am happy to say that today we celebrate both my brothers' recoveries. Thank you for the honor of sharing our photography and designs with you. It is a such a privilege to provide a card line that is artistic, hip, knowledgeable AND inspirational—all the while providing awareness and filling a need that is very dear to our heart. Addiction has put me on the heavy duty cycle, tumbled me on high heat but the dirt stops here. I am cleaning my soul and airing my dirty laundry…and it feels happy, joyous and FREE!