For the love of our father my family joined forces in a battle against alcohol

Swett family reunion

L-R Back Debi, Patrick, Becky, Cathy, Bruce, Mary
L-R Front Bob III, Mom Beverly, Dad Bob, Diane

My father, Bob Swett, died on December 10, 2009. He might have died years earlier if not for a critical decision our family made in the mid-80s. Not everyone would agree with our approach, but it worked for our family. We did it out of love and we were able to share that love with him (and vice versa) for nearly 25 more years.

A few years back, I wrote a blog post about how our family’s decision impacted my relationship with my father. I’m planning to launch a Catching Health podcast this summer and have been practicing how to record and edit. In honor of Father’s Day, I recorded the story I wrote about us. He loved gadgets and he loved computer technology, so I’m certain he would have enjoyed playing around with my new microphone and editing software.

And yes, he gave me permission long ago to tell his story. Maybe it will give hope to other families like ours. Click on the arrow below to hear the recording.

If for some reason the audio doesn’t work, please let me know. I’m still learning! And if you’d rather read the written version of my story here’s the link to Discovering My Father.

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful fathers in this world!

Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. Now she writes the award-winning blog Catching Health with Diane Atwood.