The past nine years have been exhausting. After nearly 20 years of separation, my estranged husband became ill as a result of his alcoholism. My daughter volunteered to take him in but I didn’t want her live destroyed. I took him back into my home and began a nine-year-long obligation of overseeing his care.
I used my experience to start a blog Immortal Alcoholic, began a support group, wrote 4 books, coached loved ones of alcoholics, and collaborated with HBO on the documentary “Risky Drinking”. All the while watching my husband slowly die, even without the presence of alcoholic. The process was long, slow, and painful for both of us and required constant care of his bedridden body and diminished brain function.
When the Immortal Alcoholic passed, I became financially challenged. I had very few local friends and felt alone while trying to continue to encourage others to LIVE, LIVE, LIVE, a life of their own.
I was forced to move from my big old leased farmhouse onto a sofa bed in my daughters’ living room. I sold nearly all my household furnishings and refinanced my car. But it isn’t enough.
It’s time for me to STOP and take my own advice. I’m taking my life back and moving outside the chaos of alcoholism.
As an accomplished real estate title examiner, there is work for me in Florida. There are also friends waiting for me to arrive. I know of a small apartment I can rent in the same complex as my friends.
I would like a hasty exit. A clean cut from the memories that this state holds for me. To make that happen, I am asking for help in raising funds for this major transition in my life.
My goal is $5000 to cover the cost of transportation, apartment deposit, basic set up essentials, groceries and incidentals.