When I first heard you 20 years ago, I thought you were rude and harsh to your callers. I totally disagreed with your advice and did not listen again until you came to SiriusXM. Back then I was happily married, with three kids, and had no real problems in my life.
In 2005, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery, chemo, and radiation. My husband and other family members supported me through it all. I'm still cancer-free.But in 2007, at the age of 47, my beloved husband died suddenly of a heart attack. I don't know how I would have made it through without my children. Within two years, however, I began drinking too much to "ease the pain," and I made poor choices due to my drinking. My children and siblings intervened and asked me to get help. They didn't like who their mom was becoming. I went to a 30-day inpatient rehab and haven't looked back since.
I don't believe it was an accident that I found you again on SiriusXM. As I hear the advice you give to callers, I realize many of them have had experiences similar to my own. Suddenly the harsh words and poor advice I heard 20 years ago all make sense. I'm able to understand the how and why of your advice. Today, I listen every day, and like to feel that I am living the "Dr. Laura life!" My greatest achievement has been raising three hardworking, morally conscious children of good character. Thank you for giving so much of yourself to all of us for so long.