Abbot alumna inspires and educates through radio show
Episode #1576
July 12th, 2023
Not Quite A Memoir
While researching her family history, prosecutor Debbie Russell stumbled across her respected physician-grandfather’s letters during his voluntary commitment to a federal drug treatment facility in 1951, known as a “Narcotic Farm.” The discovery sets Russell on a journey of self-discovery whose unexpected turns unearth previously unknown information about her father — just as he is losing his battle with Parkinson’s disease. She collects her experiences along the way and courageously examines middle age’s internal struggles, while providing a blueprint for redefining oneself beyond the constraints of addiction and dysfunctional family dynamics. She spent 25 years as a County Prosecutor in Minneapolis, litigating numerous high-profile cases and specializing in those involving domestic and child abuse.
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