MOVING BEYOND ONE OF ORANGE COUNTY'S MOST PUBLIC SUICIDES "As the fourth anniversary of her husband’s suicide by train approaches, Kristi Hugstad looks from her condo in Dana Point to the railroad tracks across the bay where he perished."
O.C. WOMAN HELPS OTHERS GRIEVE THE LOSS OF ADDICTION “They mourn the relationship, the escape, the distraction and the excitement they had with their substance,” [Hugstad] says. “They’ve given up not only their drug, but their entire lifestyle. I let them know it’s OK to miss all that — that it’s normal and healthy to grieve their addiction.” Hugstad’s efforts dovetail with several programs the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has in place to help keep people clean.
ONE MAN'S JOURNEY FROM A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN "Positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles. There are many paths to embrace that optimism, and Mark’s path shows that you can achieve it by changing your thinking. Mark took his grief and turned it into an opportunity to know himself better and to face the challenges of life with a renewed spirit and optimism."
LETTER: CREATING A SPACE FOR HOPE AFTER SUICIDE BY TRAIN "You may even find there are gifts that come from your grief. And in time, with a lot of hard work, you will discover that you are now capable of loving more deeply than you ever imagined possible. You will look at life—and the whole world—differently. The little things matter far less, and the people who are there for you become far more important. Grief is not the enemy. Grief is the teacher."
SUICIDE BY TRAIN: SHARED TRAGEDIES UPEND STRING OF LIVES "In Orange County, where nearly 68 miles of track snake through neighborhoods from San Clemente to Anaheim – and where 58 people killed themselves on train tracks from 2002 to 2012 – the rate of suicides by train is slightly higher."
THIS WOMAN LOST HER HUSBAND TO SUICIDE. HERE'S THE MESSAGE SHE WANTS TO SHARE. "My husband Bill was a bodybuilder who outwardly seemed like he had the perfect life. He was 6'2", 250 pounds, he had this perfect physique. He watched what he ate. He exercised. So when he talked about taking his life, it was beyond my comprehension. I was very naive. I didn't understand how sick he was, and I honestly didn't take it seriously."
WIFE LINKS HUSBAND'S SUICIDE TO STEROID AND GHB USE "I’ll never truly knew what was going on inside his head or how he could have hated himself and life so much to do what he did. I’d always suspected that Bill’s use of anabolic steroids when he was a body builder might have impacted his health. But after researching the effects of steroids and other drugs, he’d taken earlier in his life, I was absolutely stunned. I’m convinced that Bill’s illness was caused in large part by his years of drug use."
O.C. IS ON A ROW WITH CREW CAMP "Our reputation is that we are hard-core and spunky," Hugstad said. "We're a studio, not a health club. People who come here are mostly baby boomers who are in the best shape of their lives and they want to be pushed to the limit. We have no juice bar, no facials and no locker rooms here. People are paying for an intense workout."