Monica Lavery Sarli was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Marrying her high school sweetheart Steve Sarli in 1976, she gave up her job to concentrate on their addictions until August 4, 1986 when she decided for both of them it was time to clean up.
After three stabs at rehab-twice at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas and once at Amity, a therapeutic community in Tucson-they finally achieved sobriety through a Methadone program. That left Monica free to put all her efforts into promoting her charities until her divorce from Steve in 1995, when she reentered the job market, becoming a highly successful real estate agent selling high end homes.
Later, she planned, built and managed a successful tanning salon before selling it in 2008. Monica now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she continues to work with Denise on her memoir series.
Dark, dangerous, dramatic, intense, provocative, twisted, tragic, but humorous best describes my blessed, amazing life. The title says it all. My life has been my own personal war with men and sex, one I’ve fought on the streets, with addiction, through the loss of my loved ones. More things can happen to me in a week than most people experience in a year. The best part is that I managed to not only live through it all but live to tell you about it.
My intention isn’t just to entertain you. By sharing my story I hope to connect with all of you out there who might be trapped in toxic relationships, addiction, abuse, denial, fear and shame and let you know that there really is light at the end of that long dark tunnel. Your destiny and happiness is now and will always be determined by the choices you make. So make them good ones!
Okay, I know some of you are going to wonder if this isn’t the script from some award-winning series on ShowTime or HBO. Trust me, every story is true, the people and places are all real. Sometimes I can’t believe this all happened but it did. So get ready for an interesting, thought provoking read and a wild, exciting ride that comes straight from my heart and soul.
I promise. You won’t be bored.
And the saga continues…