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-- when she was little bit -- And like a lot of teenagers she went through some tough times we all do did to the whole family -- -- she got into drugs when she was about fourteen.
And I couldn't believe it at first.
And because she had always been -- a student.
Very popular and then once she started to get into 1213 fourteen years old she grew up very fast.
And she thought she was ugly she had no self -- whatsoever.
And so she became the best.
Drug addict and school.
Hand but it took us awhile to catch on -- good grades started slipping them all and then.
But -- so naive.
I don't I was afraid of her.
I was afraid that if -- made -- -- it would get worse and you know and so finally.
We try to bunch of stuff and then we senator Tim a couple of rehab that didn't work.
And so she was about 62 -- seventeen.
I'm the penny dropped.
Man I realize.
I'm not going to be her best friend.
And make her love me because she didn't love me anyway you know they're the disease and heard the -- and her.
Hey she was mad at you I -- so what happened was I decided.
I'm going to lover or not.
To letter hate me -- -- I repeat that again -- on that is a powerful statement -- parents need to hear exactly.
You have to love the -- now.
Tried not try to be their best friend or they don't make nice and hope that they'll get sober.
Let -- letter maybe.
And what I did was -- she was seventeen so I still had control until she was gonna have her eighteenth birthday.
Tricked her into going to another rehab.
He and she -- was furious with me call me every name in the book and trying to escape and runaway in Canada but she stayed there.
And because she was seventeen and there was -- saying young.
The therapist who worked with teenage addictions and so forth and he was terrific and he.
There's at one point after Kerry got sober and everything she told me she said you know what really -- it for me was.
I first thought you don't get sober for anybody else she gets over for yourself do you don't -- -- for your parents or siblings or this -- that you have to want it.
And so the first to rehab she didn't.
One it seems to -- like four student but this time.
He said -- so bad that in the therapy session she's a well I want to be like Janis Joplin.
Right -- and he said Kerry.
And she said -- -- Like that she's my god you know I'm -- be alive not mourners saying I wanna do my music I wanted to and she really started getting into the therapy part.
And we went to family week.
And everything and she was wonderful and cries and we hand and hand all of that and she.
Came out sober and stayed sober and then get a whole new thing in her life you know going into writing and performing and directing and all kinds of stuff.
Got over the drugs and started having a terrific career acting singing she obviously loved music yes and then in 2001.
On -- A wonderful trip fishy kind of his I I guess on my columns are read the book the heritage trip -- -- -- going back to find her roots -- by the way don't took her to Belleville Arkansas where your mother.
And grandmother they're born that's right you know we're cousins I mean you know we might think -- I think if we're both born in Arkansas at some point or have -- -- we're 'cause we're -- -- -- just period.
But I -- -- it.
After that wonderful trip and things have gotten so great between you -- Terry was diagnosed with lung cancer.
That had to be just devastating that was and she.
They denied it for a long time -- and down.
She was living in a little town in Colorado in Gunnison Colorado.
And they misdiagnosed her -- him.
She would say she was sick and -- and -- -- to come to California where I was.
And you know -- doctors there and so forth and she didn't until patent kind of got worse.
And then she got on -- plane and she came and we discovered that's what it was but she was a fighter.
One of the things that she.
-- she was also very optimistic.
She when she was -- she drew.
And carnage and a little picture you put an inch putter -- -- hurt but it.
Being getting smaller and smaller and smaller and she named it grabbed her like after a Japanese cartoon character.
And she named.
Curb the chemotherapy she named him -- -- they're saying that's my friend.
Chemotherapy is my friend because he's gonna kill me Becky checked he was what -- called a tumor.
And that she was rallying for a while there and -- -- -- the last time she was in the hospital.
Nurse came out two -- hole and she said.
Your daughter cheers me up them as well that's moments Kerry and she said you know I -- -- How come she could have -- so cheerful all the time Cary and her response was well.
Every day I wake up I decide to and that's the key word -- I decide.
Everyday I wake up and decide.
Today I'm going to love my life when.
And that was her with a -- that's the way she was should be -- I think the whole country is trying to have got -- check.
-- Way too young for her to pass away 38 through 38 years old when when she adopted I I didn't think -- -- I didn't model of really I could stay in bed and the covers a bit and but we had been writing -- play together.
And hadn't finished it and -- has been sick Carol you've got to finish this because of play was gonna open in Chicago he.
In April and she died in January if you've got to get up and finish this for her sake.
Just so that kind of saved my life and you never get over it.
Because it's just not the way things should be here and you know you shouldn't do you shouldn't bury a child now but.
You can cope.
You can live through it and cope fans so she's in my heart.
From my right shoulder all the time so I feel and I wanted to write this has -- -- -- to my daughter I love very much.
It is a beautiful beautiful tribute to her and I tell you I think when people read it they'll have a new insight.
Into that wonderful Carol Burnett to the call have loved appreciated.
The book is Karrie and me a mother daughter love story it is.
Wonderful thank -- Carol what a delight to have you here.
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