Boone, North Carolina
Our beloved daughter, Kelle Muehleib, left us in the early hours of September 21, 2016, to go home to God. She was only 39 years old. Kelle fought an eight-year battle with chronic back pain and dependence on opioids, which were prescribed for her pain. Eight weeks prior to her death, Kelle announced to her family that she was ready to free herself and loved ones from the daily struggles of living with addiction. She had found an inpatient program that was covered by her insurance, and was ready to embrace recovery.
Tragically, less than two weeks after returning home, Kelle relapsed and died in her sleep. She left behind a large and loving circle of friends and family, including her husband and three-year-old son, who asks about his Mommy every day.
We have been consumed with the shock of her untimely death, trying desperately to understand how our daughter became another casualty of this appalling opioid epidemic. Kelle was our only daughter and my best friend. She was a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), specializing in working with children who were victims of trauma. She was a young wife and mother. Her son was the light of her life. She had the stability of supportive family and friends. We never guessed this could happen to her...to us.