By The Tribune-Review
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Having a son in need of a liver donor, I have to answer his many questions. How do I answer some, especially ones pertaining to alcoholics?
For example, why, when my son doesn't drink, is he the one dealing with the liver-transplant team in Pittsburgh?
I don't have the answer, but I assure him even though these alcoholics may seem OK, they have pasts that haunt them — bad marriages, poor relationships with loved ones, bad teeth, low self-esteem and premature aging. The list is actually a lot longer.
I tell my son that life can sometimes be unfair. I also tell him people who “enjoy” alcohol until it kills them will then have explain their past to the only one who truly counts.
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