Two years ago, on May 4th, 2018, my twin brother Christian had finally succumbed to his disease. He died of an overdose after over a decade of trying to find recovery. June 9th marks the second year I will celebrate our birthday, without him. Much like Christian, I searched relentlessly for recovery and consistently fell short. Last July during a court ordered treatment session, I met with Michael Brassard from the Michael J. Dias Foundation. I had known him prior to this meeting and had preconceived notions of how he worked his recovery. After, being accepted in Michael’s House, part of the Michael J. Dias Foundation, I started to build a relationship with him in recovery. A healthy reliance on different aspects of recovery that had escaped me until last year. After an intense hospitalization and a minor relapse, I have been residing at Michael’s House in a leadership capacity for the last several months. This year I would like to honor my brother’s memory by raising money on our Birthday for the Michael J. Dias foundation. I think quite often what our lives would have been like if he had also been part of this journey in self-discovery, I have been on at Michael’s house over the course of the last year. I have learned it is OK to be uncomfortable, to let go of the shame and the guilt and realize they are just symptoms of my disease. Recently, Michael helped me honor the memory of my brother on his anniversary at the soft opening of Christian and Brian’s House. I did not know that I could experience that kind of joy with a community on such a sad date in my life. Please help me honor Christian and my birthday by donating to the foundation that finally changed my life for the better. The Michael J. Dias Foundation.