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Who is Alberta Sequeira?

May 15, 2019

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I was born and raised in Pocasset, Massachusetts, before the official line entering Cape Cod. I came unexpectedly twenty-minutes after my brother arrived.

My parents Brigadier General, Albert and Sophie Gramm traveled all over the states during my father’s military life. He fought during WWII as one of the commanding officers for the 26th Yankee Division. Fought in Metz, Lorraine and The Battle of the Bulge.

I met and married my husband, Richard Lopes of North Dighton, Massachusetts. I had dreams of being happy as any young girl until I found out he was an alcoholic. I watched a hardworking and loving man turn into someone I didn’t know. I joined families fighting alcohol abuse. Richard died in 1985 at forty-five years of age at the VA Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

Tragedy hit me hard when I watched my daughter, Lori, travel down the same path as her father. After three alcoholic rehabilitation stays, she died in 2006 at the Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts. They are both put to rest at the St. Patrick Cemetery in Somerset, Massachusetts.

From these loses, I became an author to write about their lives. I wanted to share what we shouldn’t do with alcoholism in the family. So many things I would change today, especially the enabling.

I wrote the non-fiction What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict: In Their Own Words​. Thirty-four substance abusers told their stories with suffering and battling their disease, or as some call, their habit.
They are telling all of us, doctors, counselor, family, and society what they need from us to desire the help to get professional help.

I wanted to share my life and became a speaker with weak and shaky knees. There is a comfort reaching out to others.

I’m now writing my first fictional The Rusty Years: The Remembrance of Being Young. A publishes is now looking at the book with its sequel The Rusty Years; Secrets revealed. I wanted follows to see another side of me with fiction.

I teach three writers workshops Bring Your Manuscript to Publication, How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with Create Space, and Writing Memoirs. All handbooks were published on Amazon and Kindle. My link is above. My goal is to help writers work from the beginning to the end of publishing.

I’m a director, producer, and co-host to the NBTV-95 Cable TV show out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. I have written for the Cape Cod Today Blog for over six years.

I’m a “young” grandmother at heart with ten grandchildren between Al & I. We have three great-grandchildren with two others due in January of 2020.

I love people, especially reaching out to the substance abusers to give them hope and to realize they went down the wrong path but can come back.

My favorite thing, is people sending me emails at alberta.sequeira@gmail.com. I would love to hear your story.
My books can be previewed​ and purchased at www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira

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