I thought that maybe I would introduce myself. I am a 45 yr old woman with three children. I have an 18 year old who is presently struggling with drugs and alcohol and will not accept any help from me so I guess this will be her own journey with her HP. I have a 15 year old son with a rare syndrome that does not walk, talk, toilet himself etc. and I wouldn't trade him for the world. The last is my beautiful 9 year old who is autistic and teaches me so many lessons on a daily basis. He drew my icon free hand with his mouse. He is amazing. The reason I am telling you all this is because for years and years everyone I knew would say things like "no wonder she drinks raising those kids alone" or "who could blame her" which gave me pretty much carte blanch to do whatever I wanted and don't think I did not use that. Well now I am married and have the help I always wanted but guess what decided to hang out. The drugs and alcohol. My beautiful husband took me as is and what a wonderful thing that is but I want to be whole for my family. I want to present and not just physically. It took me almost 3 years of marriage to decide that my schtick wasn't working any longer and I needed to do something. So to AA I went and have not regretted a moment of it. I am on this board to learn from you, maybe teach you and to fellowship with you. I hope you are all living the lives that I am sure you have worked hard to get to where you are. Hugs to all and I look forward to many good laughs and tears with you all.
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