I used drugs for a lot of years. I started using at fifteen. I came from Puerto Rico for a new life. I didn’t know how to speak English. The first word I learned is “dope.”
I grew up in Harlem. My mother and father both worked, but they drank alcohol and they used to fight. My father got killed when I was eleven.
It’s so wonderful to be free. And that’s how I feel…I feel free. When I leave work, do you know what I’m going to do?....I am going home and I’m going to the Laundromat and I can’t wait…I love it…folding my things nicely and coming home and putting them away. I love my place. I wake up in the morning and I sit up in my bed and I say, ‘Wow, this is mine, this is life, this is wonderful.’