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‘If I go back to drinking, who’s going to be there for my father?’

Joliet father and son renew their relationship through different recovery journeys

Sean Flannery helps his father, Tim, remove his brace. Nearly a year after Tim’s motorcycle accident that left him in critical condition, Tim is still recovering with the help of his son and wife. Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in Joliet.
Sean Flannery, left, prepares Tim’s evening medicine. Nearly a year after Tim’s motorcycle accident that left him in critical condition, Tim is still recovering with the help of his son and wife. Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in Joliet.
Sean Flannery prepares the evening medicine for his father, Tim. Nearly a year after Tim’s motorcycle accident that left him in critical condition, Tim is still recovering with the help of his son and wife. Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in Joliet.
Tim Flannery share the best part of the morning is sitting with a cup of coffee reading the news paper. Nearly a year after Tim’s motorcycle accident that left him in critical condition, Tim is still recovering with the help of his son and wife. Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in Joliet.
Recovering alcoholic Sean Flannery of Joliet (left) recently planted 100 sunflower seedings near the chapel at Northwestern Medicine Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in gratitude for helping his father Tim Flannery of Joliet (center) recover from a motorcycle accident. Also pictured are, from left:  Jeff Jones, Marianjoy groundskeeper; Joann Flannery, Tim's wife; and Ray Ward, Marianjoy grounds supervisor.
Sean Flannery, left, stands with his father and mother, Tim and Joann. Nearly a year after Tim’s motorcycle accident that left him in critical condition, Tim is still recovering with the help of his son and wife. Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in Joliet.