Spiritual Solution –
Nov. 26, 2019- When Moran was 11, her mother remarried, and the family moved to Indianapolis’ east side.
Moran went to Lutheran High School, where she made decent grades and played volleyball. But she found herself choosing between friends: A studious, structured group with strict parents, or a girl whose parents gave her the run of the neighborhood. She chose the latter.
“I was trying to find something,” she said, “that made me feel loved.” Moran started smoking weed when she was 15. By the end of her junior year, she was around 7 months pregnant. She gave birth to her son, Braiden, on what would have been the first day of her senior year, in the fall of 1996.
Moran finished her diploma at Warren Central High School and secured a job as a dental assistant. Two years later, she had a daughter. Her drug use was consistent, but her lifestyle remained steady. Until she smoked a joint laced with crack cocaine.