Which Came First? –
May 18, 2019 – “I’m more grateful for my kids today and don’t take them for granted,” said Rhodes, who recently celebrated four years of sobriety as she now works as a tech and counselor in training at Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (JACOA). “If they have something going on at school or wherever, then I take vacation time or sick time to go be there with them because I think that’s what a good mother is supposed to do.” Rhodes has six children ranging from 2 to 15 years old. The mother she is now is very different from the one she was when she gave birth to her oldest son, when she was just beginning her battle with addiction.
Rhodes’ story has a tragic beginning. She was a budding softball player in her early teens, excelling on the diamond while playing travel ball and preparing for a top-level high school career at Dyer County High School. That changed when she was hit by a car.