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Followed my comedian dad toward death by drugs.

Dominick

The times I would overdose, and go to the emergency room the doctors would say, “Do you have a death wish?”

Forgave Dad for killing Mom.

Ealum

My father took a baseball bat from the corner of the room and started beating my mother over the head, face, and upper body. The darkest day of my life was the day they lowered her body into the ground.

My head wound required surgery.

Ealum

In the third grade I didn’t know how to spell tadpole. For every letter I missed my dad would whip me across my back with a leather belt until I would bleed.

I kept dreaming about visiting Dad in prison.

Ealum

As the dreams continued I began to focus on the issue of forgiveness concerning my dad.

This thing inside me screamed, "No, don't pray!"

Ed

As he slid me up that wall, telling me I didn’t know anything about God, I realized I did know about God, I just didn’t think I knew God.

Restored with Dad after the abuse.

Edna

I said; “Daddy, Daddy don’t! You’re going to kill Mom!”

Stole my kids' toys to buy meth and cocaine.

Gabe

"Something on the inside of me was different. God had come in and it can only be attributed to God. I’d been to rehab twice. Rehab is where I found more dealers."

My tattoo was about hating Dad.

Gabe

I know now that whatever dad has done in the past, he’s just as human as I am. Whatever my mom has done in the past, she’s just as human as I am. So there’s no reason to walk around with hate and anger towards them; withholdi...

Filled my fatherless void with drugs.

Garrett

Dad would be like; “Yeah I will be at your event. I will be at your wrestling match.” He wouldn’t show up.

Dad put me on his knee, then I never saw him again.

Gary

I recall walking home from football practice at Tyner Junior High School. I would walk behind the school because I didn't want other kids to see me walking home, or not having a ride home. They would get the car with their da...