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Women, alcoholism, and daughters--Spoiler Alert (watch film before reading)
If you are the daughter of an alcoholic mother, you need to watch this film. The details may differ but our story is the same. Half way through, Sherri says something like: One of the hardest feelings was knowing alcohol meant more to her than we did. I feel the exact same way about my own mother and hearing Sherri say that made me feel not so alone. My mom drank herself to death 2 years ago. She drank as far back as I remember and it went from bad to worse after my dad died in 1994. Just like Bette, she died home alone living in squalor. I too had to hire a biohazard company to clean the human waste and remains. Since her insurance company wouldn't pay to clean the animal waste and bug infestation, my husband and I had to take care of it ourselves. The smell was horrific.
After my mom died, I was very angry at her, at the mess she left me to clean up, for loving alcohol more than me. I was so angry I went home, got drunk, woke up with the worst hangover and then it hit me! She gave me gift. She showed me how I would live and die if I didn't stop drinking. So I did. I also gave pictures of her house to a friend in AA who shares them with alcoholics he visits in prison to show them how this story ends for too many of us.
Thank you to Bette's daughters for sharing your very personal story. It gave me great comfort and hopefully it will do the same for others too. Bette is at peace now. No more demons to battle. Hopefully, you will find peace as well.