Jodie Sweetin‘s “Most Memorable Year” performance on last night’s Dancing with the Stars episode was one we’ll never forget.
“My most memorable year has been this past year of my life. Getting to step back [into the spotlight] and find my dreams and the things that I love again [has been amazing],” the 34-year-old star said in her video package of achieving sobriety after being an addict and returning to acting in the new Full House reboot, Fuller House.
Jodie bravely sharing her story during a DWTS rehearsal.
“When the original Full House wrapped, I was 13-years-old and it was a huge shift in my life. Everything I had known from the time I was five-years-old suddenly ended. I [had to] say goodbye to a family that I loved very, very much. At such a young age, it was really a huge loss for me that I didn’t know how to grieve,” Jodie explained.
“Drugs and alcohol just sort of numbed everything. I was doing cocaine and ecstasy and [abusing] alcohol and all of that,” she continued. “The darkest moments for me weren’t necessarily winding up in the hospital… they were those quiet moments alone when I just hated the person that I had become.”
Jodie dancing with her partner, Keo Motsepe, on April 4.
“I have been sober for five years now. Through my sobriety I can be happy with simple things now. When I got the call to do Fuller House, I just had this moment [where I thought], ‘Oh my god, what a gift to go back to doing what I love,'” Jodie said.
“I remember my mom saying that when I was little I had this light that shined really big and that she’d watched my light become very dark,” she continued, while holding back tears. “And I just remember my mom saying to me, ‘Your light shines again.’ Doing this dance, I get to shine again. I dimmed my light for a long time and I don’t feel like I have to do that anymore.”
Watch Jodie’s emotional DWTS performance in the video below!