Turning pain into hope for other people
WHEN most people her age were just starting to drink, Kerrie Atherton was giving it up for good.
The Buderim resident was 18 when she got sober after hitting, what she described as, one of the lowest moments in her life.
“I’ve hit about three rock bottoms in my life. The one when I was 18, earlier in the day I had planned to commit suicide and that night I walked into AA and knew that was it, I was either sober and clean or dead,” she said.
Thirty-eight years later she is still sober and uses her story to help others going through tough times.
Two years ago she started Stories of HOPE, a monthly event where people share their personal journey through adversity to help others.
“I started it because I had a light bulb moment where I just thought I haven’t gone through all this stuff in my life for nothing and my pain won’t be in vain. I will use it for other people’s gain,” she said.
Now Mrs Atherton is taking Stories of HOPE even further, publishing a book to extend help to more people.
“I’d... had this idea of turning Stories of HOPE into a book for people who couldn’t get to the talks, so anybody who is going through things can find hope from knowing people have come out the other side of their situation,” she said.
The book is available for pre-order now and will be launched at a council-sponsored event at Venue 114 on February 25.
For more information, visit storiesofhope.com.au.
If you, or someone you know, needs help call LifeLine on 13 11 14.
LIFE AFTER DRINK: Kerrie Atherton founded Stories of HOPE after her own battles with alcohol addiction and depression.