Rob Delaney took to Instagram on Monday to share that he is 17 years sober!
The actor revealed how being sober helped him through the death of his 2-year-old son, Henry. In January of 2018, Henry passed away after battling brain cancer since 2016.
Delaney wrote in a lengthy post, “As of today I’ve been sober 17 years. 17 years ago I was in a wheelchair. Today I’m not. I am profoundly grateful to the alcoholics who shined a light on the path for me and helped equip me with the skills to live life well.”
Delaney expressed how hard it has been for his family, but explained how much worse it would have been if he was not sober. “This has been a brutal year for my family and me. Our first year without our son and brother Henry. Had I not been sober it would have been far worse. As it was, I squeaked by,” the actor wrote.
“Sobriety allowed me to be a reasonably good dad, husband and worker though[sic] it all. (If you average it out. I think.),” Delaney said.
Delaney concluded by expressing gratitude, “Sobriety allows me to grieve fully, and grief is an expression of love. Thank you to everyone who has helped me. I can’t do it alone.”