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Grapevine : January 2011
Day by day Life has been a series of ups and downs lately. e highs are high and the lows are low. Saturday, I had no hope. Nothing was working, not the meetings, helping others, literature or pray- ing. I wanted to be numb, so I slept. But I woke up in time for the Saturday meeting. I sat there holding on to myself for dear life, trying to keep the pull of alcoholism at bay. I shared where I was and the love and support of my fellow alcoholics carried me through that night. I awoke the next day and asked God to help me do the simple things in life. Monday, I went to a meeting and I asked God to carry me right thenforIfeltIhadno strength. I muddled through Tuesday and Wednesday doing my parental duties of transportation. On ursday, I went to an open meeting, and my hope was restored by a woman who spoke about the same troubles I was experiencing. She has walked through them to the other side---her life is joyful and full of love. I love this program. Don't quit before the miracle. Kathy S. Downingtown, Pa. Something about AA people Recently, I became a patient at a local cancer center for treat- ment following surgery; a scary and seemingly uncertain process. Some- times, I see the doctor, sometimes a chemother- apist. In this instance my appointment was with the nurse practitioner. She asked me questions and wrote down my answers. When she asked me if I was a smoker, I replied, "Not for over 20 years." She put down her pen and asked, "How were you able to quit smok- ing?" I told her I had been in Alcoholics Anonymous for a few years and got the hang of not taking the first drink, so it finally seemed doable for me to quit smoking. She turned to me and said, "I have observed that people who are in Al- coholics Anonymous have something extra going for them that helps them make it through tough times like these." I was amazed to think a "normal" person had picked up on this impor- tant fact about us. Her words gave me a warm feeling that has stayed with me. Anonymous I asked God to carry me right then for I felt I had no strength. 6 January 2011