We wrap up the reunion with our husbands joining us, mine, always an indomitable support and so protective, certainly joined this circus unaware of the animosity that had been aimed at me. I felt it would have been better for him to remain in the dark, not to enlighten him until we finished. As we greeted each other he whispered "How was everything?" I replied "Just fine," knowing we were almost at the finishing line of what had been an arduous race.
I close the door on this final chapter, heaving a sigh of relief at witnessing the obvious improvement in Kim's demeanor. Even physically she appeared fuller, stronger, and better equipped to deal with the life long battle that alcoholism entails. I wish her well, knowing that just her acknowledgement is a huge milestone towards her recovery. Her acceptance of the public battle she has endured means her illness will be supported by millions. So many people across the world who have struggled with the same demons and can relate to her and the devastation the disease can ensue.
I have faith that her passion for her children will sustain her in her darkest hours and the obvious support she talks about that comes from the love of her family.