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Grapevine : August 2011
ing room with them. Can my home group possibly be any more wonder- ful? I even got to hear the young lady that had called me on the hotline. What a blessing. A longtime friend and AA home group member shared that I was now experiencing another kind of recovery, but that I could use my AA experience to give me hope in this new journey. Oh, how I needed those words of wisdom. Well, that man was right. I ex- perienced a new recovery and things got better. God has healed me fully and this summer I will celebrate the fourth anniversary of my kidney transplant. I also look forward to celebrating my twenty-ninth sober anniversary with my AA family on September 20, 2011. I thank God ev- ery day for the new kidney that keeps me alive, for my sobriety, for my family, for my home group and for my friends. Even though I endured the toughest challenge of my sobri- ety 500 miles from home, my sober friends were with me the whole time to help me survive. Lisa R. Laurel, Mont. a new way of life. For the next year or so, members of my home group took turns giving me rides to and from the meetings. Others reached out with phone numbers, sponsor- ship, friendship, smiles, and compliments. As a newcomer, I didn't think I had anything to o er so I did the only thing I could, I baked. A lot. My AA family graciously ate the cookies, brownies, and other baked surprises I brought in. ey even told me they were good, words I was desperate to hear. ey never yelled at me when I shared too much or brought in outside issues. ey did point me back to my sponsor, or lovingly corrected me a er the meetings when I got o track. I was unaware of how much I needed loving guidance until the day someone interrupted me for a lecture during one of the few times I ventured outside my home group. I was shocked to tears and almost le AA. Instead, I sat it out and, a er the meeting, new friends came over to comfort me, ex- plaining how the situation should have been handled. I believe that my rela- tionship with God is what keeps me sober. I can't lean too heavily on other people (even my sponsor), for at some point they will fail me. I also know from experience that the hand of AA reached out for me. When I reach back, my Higher Power makes some- thing magical happen. Beth R. Rochester, N.Y. For the next year or so, members of my home group took turns giving me rides to and from the meetings. aagrapevine.org 19