A Quote from Steven King

Balcoholic on the street

“Either get busy living or get busy dying.”

The statement made me sit up and think of addiction. Do the alcoholics or drug users realize that is just what they’re doing. They’re busy working toward dying; not purposely but they don’t realize that’s the action. 

My daughter, Lori Cahill, was told by her doctor, if she didn’t stop drinking, her liver would shut down in two years. I couldn’t understand how that fact didn’t scare her. I’m sure she was but like most of us, we don’t believe tragedy is going to strike us. 

Up until that time-frame, she continued drinking, hanging out with the friends who did, went to three rehabs because it was forced on her coming out to go down the same path. Lori feared dying like her father, Richard Lopes, at forty-five years old from alcoholism. She died in 2006 at thirty-seven years old. It’s something a parent never gets over with the empty seat, family gatherings, or the birth of their grandchild. People think you heal in time. No, we go on because that’s life. 

I know in my heart she wanted to live. She was a giving person who loved her two children and family. She loved life. 

That’s the disease. If you don’t get busy fighting to live as Steven King stated, it’s not that you may, would or could die….you will.

Family can only love and support you. You’re the only one who can get serious with wanting professional help. Only YOU! It’s easy for me to say and hard for you to do. I don’t know what pain and fear you experience with your habit. 

Try prayer. No, don’t laugh. You don’t need to say The Our Father, Hail Mary, or others. Praying is just talking to God as you do to any other person. He’s always waiting for you to come to Him. Because we’re weak humans, we want to see or feel to believe. It’s not seeing that is your faith.

Alberta Sequeira

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