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Finding Balance

AmyKelly’s Kelly’ssearch searchfor forsobriety sobrietybrought broughther herto tothe the Amy difficultwork workas asaafirst firstmate mateon onaalobster lobsterboat boat difficult storyand andphotos photosby byjennifer jennifercoombes coombes story Sippinga acup cupofofcoffee, coffee,Amy AmyKelly Kellylooks lookspensively penSipping sively out the window into the darkness of the early out the window into the darkness of the early morning morning hours. She hearcrashing the waves crashing hours. She can hear thecan waves from 500 feet fromalong 500 feet along Maine Cape Neddick, Maine and away Capeaway Neddick, and knows the day knows day may beputs a long putsthrows the cup may be athe long one. She theone. cup She down, her down, throws her oilers intothem the dryer to starts warmmakthem oilers into the dryer to warm up and upan and makingsandwich an egg and sandwich ing eggstarts and potato forpotato her and Captainfor and Captain Bo Kinsman, and boss on Boher Kinsman, her friend and bossher onfriend the Bittersweet, Bittersweet, a small lobsterout boat that works outa of a the small lobster boat that works of Perkins Cove Perkins Cove a few miles away. few miles away. For years she greedily made her way through her days drinking and having fun. Drinking through the hard times of losing her father, breaking up with

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For years she greedily made her way through her partner, nursing and watching countless friendsher days drinking and and having fun. Drinking through die of HIV, creating ultimately losing her own the hard times of losing her father, breaking fitness business. Life was never in balance andup thewith her partner, nursing countless friends excess eventually led toand herwatching life falling into a black die of HIV, creating losing they her own hole. “When they say and you ultimately hit rock bottom, really fitness wassmiles. never in and the I mean it,”business. says KellyLife as she “Ibalance lost everything. excess eventually to her life falling intoIalost black was homeless. I hadled nothing. I lost condos, my hole. “When cars. they say rock bottom, they really own business, But you that’shitalright. Now I know that it,” says to Kelly as sheand smiles. lost itmean is a privilege be sober live “I this lifeeverything. everyday.” I was homeless. I hadand nothing. I lost condos, I lost my Kelly has a hard soft side. Some of this probably comes from growing up in a large household as the oldest of eight siblings in Rutherford, New Jersey. If you wanted to be heard you had to speak up. As

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