August 30, 2023 – Yawn has previously shared, including in her book, Be the Calm or Be the Storm, that there have been generations of substance struggles in her family. She fell into drug and alcohol misuse as a teen — after growing up between her parents’ homes — which resulted in multiple life-threatening incidents and arrests.

“Someone’s keeping me alive for a reason,” the kidney cancer survivor told PEOPLE just after her book release in January. “I should have been dead 10 times over with the lifestyle I led.”

The Be the Calm or Be the Storm author said that penning her first book was a cathartic experience and that in order to help others, she wanted to be open about her past.


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