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Grapevine : April 2011
alone, first regular birthday alone, asking forgiveness for my wrongdo- ings... To make a long story short, I took my 40-year cake in June of 2010, a week before major surgery for lung cancer. Once again, the beautiful AA people carried me through the hoops and humps of life. I am now facing another crisis: divorce. My ex-husband and the new- comer he brought into the program have been together since he left. He has 37 years of sobriety, she has a little over a year. I have had to accept this, and I have, through the grace of God and AA. I've been able to stay sober. Even with a heart broken beyond re- pair, I'm full of gratitude for the AA years we did have together, the love we shared and, most of all, that we are both still sober. Through the pain of living one day at a time, we're do- ing our programs the best we can, try- ing to pass the message on to the next suffering alcoholic, and continuing to use the Third Step, along with all the others. It's now a few weeks before my 41st anniversary, God willing, and I have two more minor surgeries pend- ing. I have been attending a 17-week workshop and feel I am a survivor, thanks to my Higher Power and this beautiful program. Members made sure I had plen- ty of reading material including, of course, the Grapevine, our meeting in print. I am proud today to be the Grapevine rep in my group. I have loved this beautiful book ever since it's become available. Thank God I am sober and still doing what I am sup- posed to do---be a power of example and show that you can stay sober through anything and people will be there for you no matter what. Where else in the world would we get that kind of support, this instant friend- ship, the bond between one drunk and another that helps us let go and let God, so we can really turn our will and our life over and truly understand that the rest will be looked after? Bea S. Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec Discussion topic Ifound myself alone for the first time in many, many years" writes the author of "A Life Exploded," a er her hus- band le her for a new- comer. "I was not used to asking anyone for any- thing, but I had to reach out quickly or I knew I'd sink right back into the bottle." She asked her friends in AA for help, and went to seven meetings a week. What tools have you reached for during a personal crisis? You may use this topic at a discus- sion meeting or share your experiences on i-Say, www.aagrapevine.org. 12 April 2011