C was the life of the party; she had a quick wit and a hearty laugh. She had a way of making everyone she met feel special and appreciated. Kendall remembers naming her Barbie dolls after C and her twin sister; she admired them both. C was awesome. Sadly, she was also an alcoholic, and we're going to her funeral today. She was 44 years old.
C was one of four cousins Mr.4444 has. He loved her very, very much and had reached out to her numerous times in the last several years. Unfortunately, alcoholism had caused spotty reception on C's end. I haven't seen C in a long time, so I have the luxury of remembering her as a beautiful, vivacious woman who was a lot of fun and very loving. I trust that her family will be able to do the same, though they've been through a lot.
Whether or not you believe that alcoholism is a disease or simply an addiction, you can't argue with the fact that it's devastatingly powerful and destructive. C didn't die from a fall or from some late-night car wreck; she died simply because her body couldn't take it any more. Forty-four years old.
My point in posting this is to shake anyone up to the fact that perfectly wonderful, healthy people can die from the effects of alcoholism, and it doesn't have to take a typical lifetime. I know that, as drugs go, it probably seems like the least of all the evils, but alcoholism's power is great and its effects devastating for a family.
If you are a recovering alcoholic, please accept a big hug from me; you have given yourself and your family a priceless gift. If you are an alcoholic, I encourage you to get some help. It will probably be the hardest thing you ever did, but no harder than what your family will face if you don't.
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