Mella Affolter [1976] CH

Biography

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At birth, my heart stops beating

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At age three, I frequently live away from my parents

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At age eight, I suffer from racist behavior directed against my father and myself

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At age ten, I get homeopathic treatment against sadness and world-weariness

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At age twelve, I ask too much of my parents by being ill, and I drink excessive amounts of alcohol

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At age thirteen, my parents may refuse to see that I drink alcohol

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At age fourteen, I escape from intrusive men by maiming myself and making myself ugly

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At age fifteen, I drift around, drink myself unconscious, and desire to flee from my surroundings in the company of my lover

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At age seventeen, I suffer my life as a housewife with my boyfriend

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At age nineteen, I complete my second course of training and function on alcohol

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At age twenty, I enjoy my male job

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At age twenty-two, I work, addicted to drugs, under the obsessive interference of my employer

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At age twenty-four, I try to kill myself

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At age twenty-four, I live for months without the solace of alcohol, need more drugs, and start hallucinating

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At age twenty-four, I escape from being publicly exposed by my boss by going back to my parents and try to get help

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At age twenty-five, I feel at home in the company of drug addicts

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At age twenty-seven, I am a beloved dealer and am happy in my relationship with an addicted man

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At age twenty-nine, I am busy day and night trying to organize drugs for my friend and myself

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At thirty, I embezzle money from a friend and suffer from feelings of guilt and lack of drugs

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At age thirty, I panic, rob a gas station, and get arrested

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At age thirty, I enter prematurely into custody, am treated with methadone, and need fewer drugs

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At thirty-one, I am for the first time in my life diagnosed on the causes and nature of my addiction

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