Hello, my name is Sarah, and I have started writing this blog to tell you about my journey with alcoholism.

I am writing this with my right hand, and my left prosthetic. It took a lot of physical therapy, discipline, and training, but now I can do almost everything with my prosthetic left arm and hand that I can do with my right side.

I also have a prosthetic left leg and some gnarly scars across the left side of my body and face. I used to be ashamed of all of it, thinking they made me an ugly freak.

But with a lot of therapy and support from friends and family, I am learning how to accept and love myself, even my prosthetic parts. They make me unique and show my strength and resilience.

The shame of my injuries is not even mostly because of my changed appearance. I was always, shall we say, high maintenance. I’m a girly girl; I love getting my hair and nails done, dressing up, experimenting with makeup and skincare, all that stuff.

So, of course, losing my left arm and leg upset me in terms of changing the way I look. But what was most shameful to me is how I lost my limbs. Any time someone noticed my prosthetics and asked what happened to me I used to be ashamed and mutter some lie.

Now I own my story and am proud to share what I have overcome, in the hopes that it could help someone else that is struggling.

I lost my arm and leg in a car accident that was my own fault. Thankfully nobody else was involved. I don’t know how I could live with myself if I had hurt somebody else with my destructive and reckless behavior. I’d much rather bear the burden of my prosthetics than know that I did that to anyone else.

I got in a car accident because I was driving drunk. In those days, I was always drunk. I will never live like that again.

Hopefully reading my story helps and inspires someone out there who struggles with alcoholism, or maybe knows someone who is suffering from substance abuse.

You can turn your story around. Keep reading to learn my story and how the worst thing I ever did turned out to be the best thing for me and made me the person I am today.