Amanda: Every day on the streets is the worst day of my life, cause you lose so much.
BW: Like what?
Amanda: *Tears* You lose your loved ones, your self-esteem, your dignity… It’s rough.
BW: How long have you been out here?
Amanda: About 7 or 8 years.
BW: Have you ever stayed clean for any length of time?
Amanda: Yeah, I done got clean and stayed clean for 5 years. I can do it but every time something happens in my life that’s hard, I go back to the streets.
BW: What do you think keeps bringing you back?
Amanda: Just trying to escape reality…
BW: You mentioned losing your loved ones. Do you have any kids?
Amanda: Yes, I have 5 children.
BW: Who do they stay with?
Amanda: *Tears* 3 are in foster care, 1 is grown and 1 lives with his daddy.
BW: Do you have regrets with your kids?
Amanda: Yes, all the time. All the time… I love them. I just wish we could be together.