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4/28/11 10:37 P

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I am soooooo glad you joined this group!!
I had four babies too! They are now 55, 53, 48 and 46. Three daughters and a son, in that order.
My heart goes out to you concerning your mom. I hope the love she had for you and the love you had for her will see you through those difficult memories. love, Darlene

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4/28/11 7:44 P

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Welcome Amber..thank you for sharing!! It's great to have you on the team!! emoticon emoticon Carol




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Hello Amber and Welcome to the Team. Wow, what a story. Thank you so much for sharing. My father drank everyday and he didn't hide it. I am from a family of 13. Yes, 13. I am in the middle. I had a decent childhood but my parents were very strict so I had to lie and sneek to do stuff when I was a teenager. My mother passed away when I was 15 and that that was the hardest thing that I have ever had to deal with. I still have a hard time with the loss of her to this day and I am 57. Take Care & God Bless. HUGS to you.

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Hey there and welcome to the Team. Congratulations on the new coming event.

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Hi all! I got an invite this morning from Corkythemom and thought I would swing in to introduce myself. My name is Amber I have been on SP for quite awhile, since early '07. I am actually pregnant with my fourth (and last, lol) baby so I am working to make this the healthiest pregnancy possible!

About me, hmmmm... I grew up in an alcoholic home with both parents who abused both alcohol and drugs. I can't say it was an awful childhood because it wasn't. My mom was a binge drinker so she would go for months at a time without drinking and my dad always waited until I was asleep before he used. I was one of the fortunate ones that didn't undergo abuse (minus a bit of emotional abuse in my teenage years when my mom got really sick). I pretty much always felt loved, even in the midst of a binge.

When I was 12 my parents sought treatment for their addictions, my mom went first then my dad. My mom broke 2 carnal rules they tell you NOT to do within the first year of recovery -- get a divorce or move, she did both. She broke my dad's heart and mine but I went wtih her anyway. Almost a year to the date of her recovery, she slipped and never found her way back. She died of acute/chronic alcoholism when I was 20. It was (and still is) hard to think about her that way. She had so many things going for her when she was going to AA.

My dad, on the other hand, is a total success story. 23 years later, he's still sober and strong in his program. I am so proud of him to see how well he has turned his life around and has been able to live without drugs and alcohol. We're very close now.

I miss my mom terribly. She and I were very, very close when I was a young child, but as she got sick and progressed into her illness, she chose not to keep me as a part of her life. I have (and still do) struggle with that. My kids (who are 13, 9 and 5) ask about her a lot. She would be so proud of them and they would have loved her! I struggle with anger and resentment from time to time but I normally find peace with my feelings. I am no longer active in Al Anon for several reasons, primarily because of my kids and how active they are, it is tough to find meetings to go to. But I am loving that this group is here!

So, probably too long of an intro, but here I am! Happy to contribute what I can!!

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