Authors, Entrepreneurs, and other Creative Individuals Pursuing Their Dreams
My name is Alberta Sequeira and I live in Rochester, MA with my husband, Al. In 1941, I was born in Pocasset, MA and shared my moment with my twin brother Albert. We had a sister, Leona, a brother Walter who died at seven years old from polio. Ten years later, my brothers Joe and Bill joined our family. We had a great life with two loving parents.
I never had any intentions or desires to be an author. When my father, One Star Brigadier General, Albert L. Gramm, came down with cancer in 1980, I took time out of work to help care for him with my family members and the wonderful volunteers of Hospice.
It was at this time that I reallized I didn't take the time to know my father and his great military background. I wanted to leave his military status to my children and grandchildren so I started writing my first memoir A Healing Heart; A Spiritual Renewal. After his death, I had numerous miracles that had happened to me that led me on a ten day pilgrimage to Medjugorje in Bosnia. It's there that I came to see what my father was trying to teach me about life, death, miracles and the unconditional love God has for all of us. I came home and added the trip to my book because my father wanted to go to Medjugorje hoping for a cure but was too weak and sick to go.
The book was published in 2006 and was awarded the Reviewers Choice Award 2008 Semi-Finalist by Reader Views of Austin Texas. At this time, A Healing Heart is only available on my website www.albertasequeira.com with Pay Pal.
I was now a full blooded author at heart and wanted to open the doors I had kept closed for 14 years with my alcoholic marriage. I self-published Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round; An Alcoholic Family in Crisis (2009). It's a fast ride on a merry-go-round of hardships. Our happy, secure life with two daughters turned to fear, confusion and abuse from my husband. I watched a loving man turn into someone I didn't know. In 1985, at forty-five years of age, Richie Lopes of North Dighton died from cirrohsis of the liver at the VA Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.
Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round was nominated for the Editor's Choice Award by Allbook Reviews of Canada.
Tragedy followed again when I learned that my daughter, Lori, was following the same path as her father. In 2006, after three alcoholic rehab stays and at thirty-nine years of age, Lori died from the same worldwide disease of Alcoholism. The sequel of her life Please, God, Not Two; This Killer Called Alcoholism was self-published in August of 2010. It's an emotional, moving memoir of Lori's struggle to combat this killer. Her cousin in her book is now fighting alcohol abuse at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA.
Pain from tragedy makes us take paths we would never consider. In 2007, I started my journey of speaking engagements at halfway homes, alcoholic rehabs, women's ministries, bookstores, libraries, businesses, radio and cable TV show and numerous interviews with newspapers reporters.
I'm not retired amd sitting on some beautiful, tropical island. At sixty-three, for a shy women who was petrified to talk in public, I'm reaching out to other alcoholic abusers, their families and at public events.
Has anyone else had a tragedy that changed their lives that took them on a different path in life?