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A story about my Mom

My name is Colleen, and I am the daughter of an alcoholic. My Mom was born right outside of the city of Boston. She was a middle child and grew up in a picturesque neighborhood in the suburbs. In the pictures that I have, she is a happy child, well dressed and surrounded by loving…

The Past

“You need to get over the past.”It is a phrase that is flung my way every few months. Unfortunately, It is something It comes with the territory.   My advocacy work makes some people defensive. It makes them look at things they are uncomfortable facing. My truth can be threatening to those who do not want…

Did I make you uncomfortable?

I believe in telling stories of addiction with compassion. Of sharing the good and the bad. In looking at everyone in a fair way without judgement. But I also have a deep belief that survivors have a right to tell their stories. Even if it makes other people uncomfortable. We do not have to hide…

My Small World

Growing up my world was scary. I encountered repeated traumas. I watched my mom drink to excess and turn into a monster. My parents fought nightly, the screams reverberating through the walls as I tried to sleep. I was seven when I watched Mom being arrested for a DUI. The world was scary, I was…


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About Me

Hi, I’m Colleen. I became a part-time advocate and freelance writer in 2019. When I’m not writing about issues that Children of Alcoholism and addiction face, I love spending time with my husband and my Australian Shepard.

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