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  Alison wore her thinness like a statement of fashion. She was savvy enough to know that looking good was the most important thing. When looking good stopped happening for Alison, the pent up and seething words of a lifetime behind the needle became the testament to a life of self loathing and fright.

"I got straight for this shit?!", she'd shout angrily.

Alison had two kids. She had fought hard to win them back from the state agency that had removed them from her home during a needle period. She wanted them back so that she could say goodbye and to be sure that they had good homes to go to.

  When her daughter was eleven, Alison reminisced, "We sat in my bed and I explained that I might die. Maybe God wanted Mommy with Him. I was very sick and caught a virus 'on the street.' I reassured her that heaven was a nice place with lots of light."
   "I told her that I loved her."

To Alison's favorite words

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