My mother, the addict: How this 'brilliant, beautiful' woman lost her way

The Advocate - She was brilliant, and also unassuming in a lot of ways … she’s a very kind, compassionate and loving woman, but she’s also extremely naïve. I didn’t really see it that way as a child, though. I just saw her as my beautiful, caring, funny, humble, nurturing mom. She was lovely … really.”

Karl Lawrence, 36, speaks these words with softness in his voice.