By Justen's mom, Debbie
My son, Justen Hummel passed away on August 9, 2014. Justen was a very compassionate and loving son. He was dedicated to his family and friends; always making the time to help whenever it was needed.
Justen could strike up a conversation and befriend anyone he met; therefore, he never met a stranger. When Justen was just a little boy he discovered a passion for fishing. You would always see him carrying around his pole to fish anywhere that there was a body of water. Justen was also very intelligent and had a creative mind - always thinking and eager to create something new.
After having to undergo surgery for a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection, Justen was prescribed liquid morphine to combat the pain. Consequently, Justen’s drug use escalated to a new level, and he later transitioned to heroin as an alternative.
I could see my son struggling so much to overcome his battle with addiction. It totally broke my heart. I tried so hard to help him. I miss him so much. I just wish there was a way to bring Justen back.
God bless the parents, friends, and families of the loved ones who are fighting this monster of addiction.