From the January 2018 magazine.

Hope in a Long Line

After years of abuse and drunken marriages, she followed her mom and daughter to a better life

I come from a long line of alcoholics. When my grandmother died, we found booze bottles hidden all over her house. I had my first blackout when I was 12 years old. My father was a deacon in the Baptist church and he abused all of his six children.

I was already pregnant when my siblings and I were sent to foster homes. I had my first daughter at age 17, just three weeks after I was married to her father. Three years later, he and I were divorced. Before he left town with a known prostitute, he had an affair with my mother. I found myself abandoned with two small daughters to support.

-- Margie M.

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA

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