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Nancy is an only child, born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania to Charles and Arlene Miller. Her parents moved to Arizona when she was 2. She lived there until her marriage at age 18 to Roy Rector (now Roy Rivers). Roy joined the Air Force soon after and they began a family, ending up with 2 boys and 2 girls. Nancy was incredibly active as a mother and in her church, teaching and working with children and youth. When Roy left the military they ended up in Utah. When her two middle children became teenagers they took a path that led them to  drugs,  runaways,  dropping out of  school  and   joining the local younger  Gothic  community.

Nancy and Roy both focused their attention on getting their kids help before it was too late, only quickly to learn that the current system is not about prevention but reaction only. Undaunted they continued to search for help. During this time Nancy became involved in community activism, starting an organization to help make parents aware of the dangers of some of the activities her children and others like them were involved in. She was on the local news and radio stations and eventually was contacted by A&E’s Investigative Reports national cable TV show to take part in one of their episodes. Eventually, with the help of a good judge and others along the way, they were able to get their kids placement in programs to help them.

During this time Nancy became involved in community activism, starting an organization to help make parents aware of the dangers of some of the activities her children and others like them were involved in. She was on the local news and radio stations and eventually was contacted by A&E’s Investigative Reports national cable TV show to take part in one of their episodes. Eventually with the help of a good judge and others along the way, they were able to get their kids placement in programs to help them.

Life continued normally for her until a decade ago when she started experiencing pain issues. Being a strong believer in natural healing she researched and attempted a variety of natural methods to heal herself through the years to no avail. The pain progressed to a point that she decided to contact a doctor to get relief. As she had no insurance, and they required thousands up front for testing, she was turned away by every doctor she and her husband contacted. Finally, virtually bedridden and bordering on suicidal, in desperation she found she could order prescription pain medicine online. This allowed her to get her life back and live fairly normally. It was a godsend. That is until one day last November, 2010 when a 20 man SWAT team broke into her home and took her away to jail in handcuffs. This event was due to a single order of prescription pain meds she had got in that day. What followed was weeks and months of pain, financial stress and uncertainty as the charge made could land her in prison. She ended up a convicted felon at age 52.

What she experienced and witnessed during this time frame was mind boggling… That the U.S. “justice” system is actually set up to corner and prevent citizens from easing horrific pain and actually put them in jail for trying. This was the catalyst for her book which details her experience in jail and through all that followed, including probation. It also discusses the laws and situations in our country that allow this to happen.

The book is meant to be a red flag for everyone, because it could happen to anyone. It illustrates how we’ve been led to believe that certain laws are for our betterment when in actuality they do incredible and widespread harm. Awareness is the first step. Change is the next.” ~Nancy

 

NANCY’S FAMILY

 

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