My Life

By Lauren R.W., Age 12

Growing up in Boston I had a pretty average life. I lived in a two family house with my family and went to a local catholic school. I took all this for granted not knowing some day I wouldn’t be so lucky.

I vaguely remember how my life changed. But at the same time there are some things that will be with me the rest of my life.

My Mom, she was always a fun, active, bubbly Mom. And I looked up to her she was my idol. But as I got around age seven I started to notice a change in her. She seemed a lot clumsier, sleepier, meaner and she was often depressed.

This upset me because I had no idea of what was happening to her. That question was soon answered. My Mom was suffering from a disease called alcoholism.

After a few months, it seemed like my Mom was getting worse and it was certainly affecting my family. I sometimes awoke in the middle of the night to my Father crying. This hurt me because I knew no matter how much I wanted to hate my Mom I had to help her because she needed our love and support more than ever.

A few more months went by when my Dad finally realized my Mom needed professional help. So she went away to a hospital. Well, that’s what my Dad told me. But I knew she was going to rehab.

For two years my Mom was in and out of rehab, never really progressing. Then, finally, the worst word I had ever heard came out of my parent’s mouths became a reality. Divorce. My parents were filing for divorce.

I remember my Father being stressed because he was afraid my Mother might take me away because she had a powerful lawyer. But fortunately my Dad got full custody. And three days later my Mom moved out into an apartment five minutes away.

Today I still see my Mom every weekend and talk to her on the phone very often. And if you’re wondering if she’s conquered her disease. She hasn’t. It’s a disease that will be with her for the rest of her life. And the only thing that she can do is take it one day at a time.

My life experiences have been very emotional for me. But I have learned a lot from them. They helped me to realize the greater things in life and to cherish every good time like it’s the last one I’ll ever have.