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Don't Make the Same Mistakes
Don't Make the Same Mistakes
02/27/2012

I’ve often wondered if alcoholism was hereditary. My mom is a recovering alcoholic.

I began drinking at age 15.  Mom would buy booze for me and my friends to have parties at our house while my dad was at work. I wasn't drinking every day -- just at parties.  I graduated high school, and went to work at a bank. I was responsible when it came to work, and got promoted to loan officer within five years.

I mixed it up on the weekends with the wrong crowd. There were many times I would wake-up from being out partying the night before and look out the window to see if my car was there. I often didn't remember what had happened the night before.  I awoke one morning to realize I was miserable and didn't like my job, the stress from my mom's drinking, and from feeling ill A LOT. I took charge!

My dad has always been my hero. He loved his job as a firefighter. So, I enrolled in EMT school, loved it, got a job on an ambulance and continued schooling to become a paramedic. I then put myself through a fire academy. I started that journey at age 25 and became a paramedic at age 27 and a firefighter at age 30. I worked as a paramedic for 10 years and firefighter for 5 years.

I retired because I met the man of my dreams and now am happily married with 3 children. I love being a wife and stay-at-home mom; no job is more rewarding. I believe one thing that helped me too, was your book "10 Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives."  I think I did almost all of them and it took awhile for me to admit you were right.  Hoping I can keep my kids from making the mistakes I did.

Thank you for all you do.

Tammy

Tags: 10 Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up their Lives, Addiction, Alcoholism, Read On-Air, Relationships, Response to a Comment, Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives
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