This Thanksgiving, Korey Nelson is counting her blessings and beaming with hope. Her oldest son, Shawn, is undergoing treatment for his addiction. “Shawn has some hills to still climb but I know he is gaining the proper weapons to face whatever lies ahead. The anger is gone, and he has patience again. Plus, he seems at peace; I’m not sure he has ever had peace.”

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful. Christmas is a holiday all about hope. Those are two things Cut Bank’s Korey Nelson now has in her life, a reason to be thankful–several reasons actually–and a reason to hope.

Here is her story and why amidst the trauma, chaos and tragedy of her life, this strong, amazing woman can still find things to be thankful for and have a true reason to have hope.

Korey is a hard-working single mom, who divorced the man who physically and mentally abused her. About the time she was changing her life for the better, Shawn’s life took a turn for the worse.  Shawn became entangled with drugs before he reached the age of 20. The years when he was on drugs brought, “lies, pain, suffering, confusion, dishonesty, sleepless nights, tears, sacrifice,” recalled Korey.

Korey watched as Shawn’s life started to implode. She had to continue working–she needed the job and the income–and still be a mom to both her addicted son and to her younger son, Deon.

 Eight long years later, Korey decided she had to distance herself and Deon from Shawn, who had tried treatment and failed. He had landed in jail, and he had turned into an angry young man, hurling insults at his mother and brother. He had no money, no job and only “friends with bad intentions,” remembered Korey.

When Shawn was in jail, Korey said, “You sleep pretty well when someone you love is in jail, sad truth. He would be warm, fed and not using until his probation officer decided what she wanted to do with him.”

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