the desk of Senator George McGovern
June 23, 2007
Every family faces it own distinct challenges—as does every member
of that family individually. Even the most loving, supportive and forgiving
families can be faced with challenges that leave them grasping for answers,
near crushed by pain, anger and loss.
As a family, we understand what you may be facing. The struggles of
our beloved daughter Terry affected us all. And continue to, even today.
I’ve participated in many battles throughout my life. In the skies
over Europe during World War II, the Senate chamber in Washington, D.C.—and
even on the Presidential campaign trail. But it all pales in comparison
to the struggles Terry faced in her too short, too turbulent life. Sadly,
there was no Teresa McGovern Center to help her. Fortunately for others,
there is today. And we encourage you—or yours—to take advantage
of the healing services it offers.
Terry was subject to both addiction and mental health challenges. As
we searched to help her, we found many programs that could help with
one aspect or the other. But no single program could treat her dual
the creation of the Teresa McGovern Center. Even today, it is one of
few such centers around the country that specializes in the unique problems
facing patients with both addiction and mental health issues.
We are proud to celebrate the memory of our daughter through the good
works of the center that bears her name. While Terry eventually fell
victim to her personal demons, we hope her example can help you find
the strength to keep fighting. Keep believing. And keep forgiving.
The only truly lost soul is one that has stopped trying to be found.
I hope the Teresa McGovern Center can help you find yourself, or your
family member, while there’s still time.
In memory of Teresa Jane McGovern, June 10, 1949—December