When Your Heart Breaks

I knew waking up at 3:45 am for my 4:30 shift two mornings a week, which was a rollover from working the late shift the night before, was

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When I Could Tell No One And I Had So Much to Say

Al-Anon just wasn’t for me. I have been to over 50 various meetings throughout my area. Oftentimes I was sitting in mostly a circle of women, some knitting,

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Then and Now Inside a Wife’s Perspective

What I looked like back then: I was angry. Really angry. I worked out tirelessly and aggressively to get out all my emotions. It was the only “healthy”

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Then and Now: Inside a Family’s Perspective

What it looked like back then is much different than now. Sometimes I have to stop myself in even the littlest of things, just to remind myself to

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Always Leave the Light On

I remember the first time I made sure to leave the light on. It was the night after our son got his driver’s license. I was like a

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Reality vs. Fantasyland

Having your children grow up is tough for any parent. All the moments you think will always be there, and then one day you wake up, and feel

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Surviving to Thriving

Twenty years later our dates now become first dates This may sound silly, but when he was diagnosed as an alcoholic years ago, I quietly thought to myself,

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Brave Girl

One of the hardest aspects of this disease is the lack of open communication and honesty needed for the families of the addicts or alcoholics. A lot of

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Taking Back Your Power

Each week as I continue to write about our experiences, and my own personal trauma, I find I am second guessing myself constantly. Yet, when I keep going,

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Fight or flight

Discussing “fight or flight” is a tough one to talk about, just because there is so much memory and emotion behind it. It’s a state of mind that

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