A pretty wooden sign saying ‘Happy Ever After’ hangs over Keeley Anderson’s fireplace in her home in Marianus Park in Hazelbank.
But Keeley doesn’t believe in happy ever after. The 37-year-old Derry woman believes in fighting a very real fight every single day of her life, to stay away from the addiction which almost killed her.
She knows that she should not be here. Her home in Hazelbank is the same flat that she was pulled from by her neighbour, Tina Hegarty, after a fire started when she fell asleep after drinking a full bottle of vodka. On other occasions there were overdoses and at her very lowest point, Keeley told her GP that she simply didn’t want to live any more. A fall resulted in a fractured skull which has left her with Epilepsy, a condition she’ll carry for the rest of her life.