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Blogger's Son Dies While Recovering From Overdose and Assault

By Madeline Holler |

The worst of news today at Babble.

Work/Life blogger Katie Allison Granju‘s 18-year-old son has died. He had been hospitalized following a drug overdose and physical assault just over one month ago.

Late in April, Granju’s son, H, was taken to the hospital after he had overdosed and been brutally assaulted in a drug-related incident. There, he was in a coma for several days.

Granju chronicled some of her son’s — and her own — struggles following the tragedy in her Work/Life blog. She was also featured in the New York Times Motherlode blog. There, she spoke of the secret she was no longer willing to keep — that her son was addicted to drugs.

Granju’s son eventually emerged from the coma but with brain injury. He had been in a wheelchair but, with therapy, was expected to walk again.

Granju’s story has been chilling. In her most recent post, she tells readers of the exact moment she learned about her son’s drug use and what she did — and didn’t — do. Her series has inspired, for me, some sooner-than-I-expected drug talks with my 9-year-old. Maybe they’ve inspired you, too.

I and the writers here at Strollerderby are so very sorry for Katie and her entire family.

A friend of Granju’s posting on Facebook asked that those wishing to do something could donate to the family to help defray the medical costs.

Write a check to Katie AlisonGranju (advice from our bank) and mail it to: Crystal Cardwell c/oAckermann PR, 1111 Northshore, Suite N-400, Knoxville, TN 37919.

[This post has been corrected re: H's age.]


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About Madeline Holler


Madeline Holler

Madeline Holler is a writer, journalist, and blogger. She has written for Babble since the site launched in 2006. Her writing has appeared in various other publications both online and in print, including Salon and True/Slant (now Forbes). A native of the Midwest, Madeline lives, writes, and parents in Southern California, where she's raising two daughters and a son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Madeline's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Blogger's Son Dies While Recovering From Overdose and Assault

  1. paulabernstein says:

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts are with her and her family.

  2. Lorraine says:

    How horribly tragic. I’ve thought about Allison and her son and her family so often since I first read her story.
    My heart breaks for them all.

  3. nic @mybottlesup says:

    oh how tragic. i’m so sorry to read of this news. absolutely heart-breaking.

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  6. LogicalMama says:

    Very, very sad.

  7. LindaLou says:

    Such a horrible tragedy. Henry was 19 though, not 17.

  8. NoVa Mommy says:

    Oh, that’s so, so awful. My heart goes out to her!

  9. Manjari says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. I wish Ms. Granju and her family all the best in their time of loss.

  10. Em says:

    Actually, according to a newspaper report on Henry’s death, he was 18.

  11. TC says:

    I’m so sorry for her loss, and hope that her story helps other families cope and prevent another loss.

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