With the recent passing of Betty Ford, I am holding great reverence and gratitude for such a giving and gifted woman. I’ve heard her name at different times in my life—usually not in regards to her position as the First Lady–but more so because of her founding of the Betty Ford Center.
Because this is a public blog and because I always hold the privacy of my family in the highest regard, I’m not going to divulge too much but I still wanted to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to Mrs. Ford and how she was brave enough to not only conquer her personal battles, but to also provide the help for the thousands of individuals and their families who are affected by addictions on a daily basis.
My family didn’t get the help it needed but it gives me hope to see Mrs. Ford’s establishment making a difference in so many lives. You know you’ve left a legacy when the things you have given in your life continue to give after you are gone. Mrs. Ford is an inspiration to me and she embodies the hope of getting help. It may not always happen, like I wish it had for my family, but there is always the hope of help—and that is enough for me. Mrs. Ford was the one to give that help and that hope to so many of us.
I don’t mean to be too vague, but I value too many people to be entirely specific. Besides, I want to emphasize my gratitude to Mrs. Ford and her contributions on this Earth more than how it could have affected my family.
My hope for you is that you will always ask for help when you need it. It’s because of people like Mrs. Ford that help is always available. It’s because of people like her that we can live happier lives.
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook