Alberta Sequeira will be speaking on the topic “The Effect of Alcoholism on the Whole Family.” She will also be book signing. All her paperback and handbooks for workshops will be on sale at $10.00 each.
Ms. Sequeira lost her husband, Richard Lopes and her daughter, Lori Cahill of North Dighton, Massachusetts from their alcohol addiction. Richard died in 1985 at forty-five years of age at the VA Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island and Lori passed in 2006 from the same disease at thirty-nine at the Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts.
She will be speaking to family members about enabling and a special talk directly to the alcoholic, drug user, including people fighting with the overuse of prescription drugs, hoping to give them strength to go into recovery and heal from this horrible worldwide problem. She will show that this is a family disease that is effecting every member of the family. No one comes out a winner. Ms. Sequeira invites all coping with the stress and the person suffering . This is an event for all.
Date: June 12, 2016
Location: Lafayette-Durfee House
94 Cherry Street, Fall River, Massachusetts 02722
Phone: (508) 813-8230
Don’t Judge. We have all taken the wrong path and made bad decisions sometime in life. The broken need us to heal. Open your hearts to the sick.
“IN TIMES OF HARDSHIP, YOU HAVE TO STOP ASKING GOD, “WHY?” AND ASK, ‘WHAT NEXT?”
Guidepost reader Lela Cooper, of Waco, Texas
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I grew up with three brothers, Bill, Joe, and my twin brother, Albert, along with a sister, Leona, who is the oldest. We had a brother, Walter, who we called Butch, but he died of polio at seven years old, and at the time, I was only two so I didn’t have the blessing of knowing him, only through pictures. My parents took his death hard.
My childhood is full of good memories. Having a twin brother, his buddies and my girlfriends would always group together to have fun: baseball, sledding, skating, rode bikes, and walked to the ice-cream store. As teenagers with a car license, we rode to the city, where owners parked their cars along the streets for show, and had them shinning brighter than the sun. Guys carried their cigarettes rolled-up in their tee-shirt sleeves, wore loafers, and we played the great sixties music until they wore out. I was disappointed when Elvis got married breaking my heart!
I loved school for the social time looking for fun and making the kids laugh during study periods. As for the classes, I went because it was something we had to do and graduate. I look back now and realize how important and special those days were to all of us.
Our father, Albert L. Gramm, had been a retired Brigadier General in the Army. He fought in WWII as one of the commanding officers of the 26th Yankee Division and fought in some famous battles like Metz, Lorraine and The Battle of the Bulge. He died in 1990 at eighty years old in South Dennis, down Cape Cod from cancer, and I let the wonderful military history of this great man, pass with him.
Our mom, Sophie Gramm, had been a stay-at-home mom and greeted us each and every day coming home from school. Suppertime was “Family Time”, not as it is today. We laughed, talked about our school classes and friends and got to know each other. My mother died in 2007 at ninety-two years of age from a stroke, two months after my daughter, Lori’s, death.
I met my first husband, Richard Lopes from North Dighton, MA, and we had two beautiful daughters, Debbie and Lori, four years apart. My dreams of a happy marriage ended after fourteen years of being an enabler…way too long..to Richie with his drinking. We divorced and he died in 1985 at forty-five years old from alcoholism.
I met and married, Al Sequeira, from Rochester, Massachusetts. I sold my home and moved with him. I loved the large farm house with a porch that encircled the whole front with ten acres. He had four grown children and we became very close as a family and we do not call our kids- stepchildren. They are all our sons and daughters.
Al and I own a Time Share to make us go on vacation. We have gone to many places in the US, but our thrill was going to Italy and Portugal three years ago. It had been like going back in time with the everyday living. We met Al’s relatives for the first time in a tiny village with only 12 families. It was wonderful. Family still had goats to walk up to the mountains, took care of beehives to make the honey, sheep, fruit trees in all backyards to just pull them off and eat fresh. Vegetable, like potatoes, are all grown in the ground. I never saw a can of food anywhere. The old churches were kept and were breathtaking. Everyone looked healthy in their old years. I can’t imagine them living under stress like we do in the USA.
I became a four-time award winning author and speaker. I teach three-hour workshops on “Bring Your Manuscript to Publication”, “How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with Create Space,” and “Writing Memoirs.” I published them in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.
I am also a director, producer and co-host to the New Bedford 95 Cable TV station. I also became a co-founder to Authors Without Borders with three other authors (www.awb6.com).
My books are in paperback and Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=alberta+sequeira.
My email is email@example.com if you want a quote for a talk.
My enjoyment is now spent on writing my first fictional book The Rusty Years. I want my followers to see a lighter side of me after writing about so much pain.
A Spiritual Renewal is a beautiful story which follows the author’s inner thoughts and intense emotions. We sympathize as she fights the prognosis of her father’s cancer and learns too late about his remarkable life. She develops a spiritual renewal and demonstrates its powerful lessons.
This book contains the testimonies of individuals who were or are actively in a recovery program and wanted to share their habit and actions with their struggles trying to overcome their own addiction. These are their own stories on how their addiction led to the devastation of losing control of their life, family, friends and the death of other family members from this disease we call alcoholism. Hopefully, the heartfelt honesty from the participants will help doctors and counselors to use their stories for their own study on what may be missing in the treatment methods.
Both books can be purchased in paperback and Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=alberta+sequeira
Read what the reality is living in a substance abuse family. Love and devotion is transformed into insecurity, fear, struggles, abuse and silent enabling to protect the ones we love. There is sadness as to how we watch a family member or friend heading down the road of death, and our love and support can’t stop the disaster from this demon.