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Christine O`Donnell on Drugs

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Father and grandfather both suffered from alcoholism

At a young age, my grandmother found herself "in the family way" after taking up with my grandfather, Francis O`Donnell. The circumstances surrounding their relationship and the pregnancy caused a great scandal and in the end she was estranged from her family--and cut off from what would have been a sizeable inheritance.

I can't imagine what my grandmother suffered, for the choices she made as a young woman, but in the years to come her courage and great conviction came back into play, because it turned out my grandfather was an alcoholic, the same disease that would later haunt my father--only in Grandpop O`Donnell's case, sad to say, the battle didn't exactly go his way. He drank . . . a lot. The marriage didn't last, and my grandmother eventually found someone special-- a wonderful stable man named John. We called him Grandpop John, because in time he became more of a grandfather to us than Francis.

Source: Troublemaker, by Christine O`Donnell, first chapter , Aug 16, 2011

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