TAMPA, FL, May 2022: After losing her sister to an opioid overdose in 2019, Tampa-based occupational therapist Nicole Woodruff launched her debut memoir, Saving My Sister. Saving My Sister navigates addiction through a sister’s love. Woodruff shares the fear, hope, disappointment, stress, frustration, and ultimate loss that ends the addiction cycle all too often, leaving families wondering what else they could have done—or whether they did enough.
“Writing Saving My Sister was by far the most difficult yet meaningful and rewarding experience of my life,” comments author Nicole Woodruff. “After losing my sister, Amanda, to a fentanyl overdose in June 2019, I was determined to make her story matter and bring meaning to this horrible tragedy. So many families lose loved ones to this disease but often suffer in silence or feel ashamed to speak up due to addiction’s stigma. My goal with this book is to reduce this stigma, bring greater awareness to these stories, and ultimately help people in similar situations to mine know they are not alone,” continues Woodruff.
Through her memoir, Woodruff hopes to raise greater awareness around addiction and how it affects family systems, sharing her story to help destigmatize society’s view of addiction and encourage others to speak out. She has also started two virtual support groups: Siblings of Addicts and Siblings of Addicts Who Have Passed Away.
Saving My Sister is available for purchase now on Amazon. To receive the first chapter, visit saving-my-sister.com.
About Nicole Woodruff
Nicole Woodruff is a Tampa-based occupational therapist and yoga teacher specializing in treating chronic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction. Since losing her sister to an opioid overdose in 2019, Nicole has dedicated her life to helping others find alternative ways to manage pain through her holistic occupational therapy practice. You can learn more about Nicole Woodruff at nicolewoodruff.com.
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