‘At 14, I never felt like I fit in. I really didn’t like myself and had no idea where I belonged. Enter alcohol.’: Woman overcomes alcoholism to become strong, single mom of 2

“Alcohol was a coping skill, a mood enhancer, a party buffer. It was present at every family get together I’ve been a part of. It was normal to BYOB to first holy communion lunches, summertime fires, and every Sunday after 8:30 a.m. mass. We were a drinking family and always have been.”

‘How are you?’ 2 weeks postpartum, she forced a smile and said ‘okay,’ but I could see tears gathering in the corner of her eyes.’: Doula shares PSA new moms need love and support, not flowers

“The house was full of cards and bunches of flowers…dead ones. When I mentioned all of the gifts she said, ‘Yes, people have been so kind.’ ‘Hmmm,’ I thought. ‘They might have been kind, but they’ve also been completely thoughtless.'”

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