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Published June 2014.

A River So Swift

She was swept along in a current of alcoholism until her 10-year-old daughter pleaded with her one night

It was 1974. A time of youth, a time in which reason was cast to the wind. I did not know yet that I had become an alcoholic and was out of control.

I was a divorced woman with three children. There were still moments of control when I knew I didn't want to lose myself totally to the drink. But I was on a river so swift. There was hardly any time to find shore. And I somewhat feared what I might find there.

-- Kathy M.


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