September 8, 2016
Kelly says that after her parents divorced when she was 11, her life changed when her once idyllic lifestyle of a big house, ponies and extracurricular activities ended.
“I got very depressed, became truant, only stayed home, stayed in bed,” says the now 26-year-old. “By the time I was 18, I started drinking. There are many days I was drunk the entire day.”
Kelly eventually dropped out of school and wound up a homeless alcoholic.
“There are some weeks where I don’t remember exactly what happened because of the alcohol that I consume,” she says.
In October 2015, Kelly’s mother, Diane, attempted to rescue Kelly because she feared her daughter would end up dead.
“When I saw my mother, I felt like she started emotionally attacking me, like she was judging me hypocritically,” says Kelly.