News of the death of former First Lady Betty Ford triggered reactions from a wide cross-section of individuals whose lives have been touched by the many causes that she championed.
Among those who shared their personal experience with Betty Ford and her work is Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks, who had given the following statement to CNN: “As far as I’m concerned, Betty Ford saved my life.”
That statement, according to a feature on CNN, was followed by a phone call from the legendary singer, who shared that she had gone to the Betty Ford Center towards the end of 1985, to seek help for cocaine addiction. Nicks shared how the former First Lady would speak at the center twice or thrice a month, where she would retell her own struggles.
“I thought, ‘God, if Betty Ford can come through this, I can come through it, too,’” Nicks shared. “Talk about being famous and being in rehab! ‘Oh no, I can’t do that, I’m too famous’ – well, come on! She was the First Lady of the United States. So that really, really made my need to fix myself even stronger.”
Nicks eventually came through, and two years ago, she found herself back at the Betty Ford Center, this time to speak. Betty Ford herself was at the Center at that time, and Nicks shared that she as able to express the following to the former First Lady: “You’ve got all these children here for you, and had it not been for you, so many of us would not have gotten well.”