Sandra Swenson is the mother of two sons—one of whom struggles with addiction. A voice for the loved ones of addicts –particularly moms– she first documented her experiences with her son’s addiction in the critically-acclaimed book The Joey Song: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction. An advocate for acceptance, education, healing, and recovery, Sandy can frequently be found sharing her journey through the place where love and addiction meet.
Her second book, Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers With Addicted Children was published by Hazelden Betty Ford in September 2017, to be followed by an accompanying app in fall 2018.
Sandy lives in suburban Austin, Texas. When she isn’t writing or speaking at venues across the US, Sandy volunteers at a local maternity home teaching the girls to cook healthy family meals. Sandy also loves to garden, read and travel.
“Scatter seeds of kindness.” ~George Ade
A vagabond since college, Sandy has found community service opportunities wherever she moved. Between unpacking boxes, hanging curtains, and figuring out where her kids would attend school, Sandy has volunteered as a first grade teacher in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia; co-founded a volunteer group dedicated to providing life-altering medical care to orphans in India; photographed cleft surgery patients for Operation Smile in Dharamsala; founded the Bistro Boyz program where she and a flock of Bistro Galz would shop, cook, and dine with the young men at the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland each week.
“Maybe someday, the ripple-effect of kindness, tumbling like leaves caught in the wind, will tumble along until they reach the people we moms cannot. My child. And theirs.” ~Sandy Swenson, Tending Dandelions