“”I drink the way I used to swim: all or nothing. Truthfully, “nothing” was never an option. It was always “all.””
Nancy Stearns Bercaw is an alcoholic, swimming champion and expat living in Dubai. I can already tell we have some problems coming up. Nancy tells her courageous compelling story of her road to recovery in her memoir, DRYLAND: One Woman’s Swim to Sobriety (GrandHarborPress).
Like a lot of alcoholics, Nancy never quite felt like she fit in. She started swimming at two years-old, and eventually was in the pool for a minimum of two hours, six days per week. But even when qualifying for the 1988 Olympic Trials in the fifty-meter freestyle event, she felt like a fish out of water. And once the fans stopped cheering, she was faced with a new challenge: trying to figure out who she was.
In DRYLAND, Nancy tells her story of roaming the world with her best friend, alcohol and how her dependence on drinking grew in order for her to face the day. Thirty-three years after her first sip of alcohol, while living in Dubai with her husband and son, Nancy realizes she’s drowning in the desert. Something has to change.
I could completely relate to Nancy’s story. Her narrative which includes her past, present and hopes for the future, draw upon her strength to face her demons and in the process, she discovers what it means to win at life. DRYLAND is a story which will inspire anyone, alcoholic or not.
About Nancy Stearns Bercaw
Writer and national champion swimmer Nancy Stearns Bercaw is a seventeen-time NCAA All-American athlete and was inducted into the University of South Florida’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. Her writing has appeared in publications around the world, including the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Korea Herald, U.S. News & World Report, Abu Dhabi’s Tempo magazine, and ScaryMommy.com.
In addition to Dryland: One Woman’s Swim to Sobriety, she is the author of Brain in a Jar: A Daughter’s Journey Through Her Father’s Memory and a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias.
She lives in Vermont with her husband and son.
Thanks to Nancy and TLC Book Tours, we have two copies of her memoir to giveaway. Just tell us something about your knowledge of alcoholism. We’ll announce a winner next week. Good luck!