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Grapevine : October 2011
been happier. I planned to celebrate my anniversary with my ladies that Thursday. Friday, my man would ac- company me to my home group to get my chip. When I arrived home from work, though, I discovered my sweet- heart, dead in the garden. In that split second my life changed. I called 911, then my sponsor, who was unavailable so I called another member. Before I knew it (almost before the police), my close friends were there. My spon- sor and her husband arrived shortly thereafter. My sponsor sat with me as I cried myself to sleep. I couldn't understand why God was doing this to me. She asked if my God was big enough to walk me through this. When I replied that I didn't know, she said I could borrow hers, who she was positive was big enough. I did not drink. Six month later, I lost my job. Just before my third anniversary, I witnessed my neigh- bor murder his wife. Again, I did not drink. Since then, I've attended memo- rial services for many close friends and AA members. I have also at- tended many weddings. I've watched children in my Fellowship grow up and I've celebrated the births of many AA babies. Just after my eighth anniversary, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My AA posse was right there, driving me to chemo, spending the night, feeding and comforting me at any time, day or night. Because of them, I did not drink. Shortly after my ninth birthday (a year after my cancer diagnosis), I was told that my plant would be closing and I'd soon be unemployed ... again. Being sober does not mean that life does not happen. Matter of fact, it happens on a much bigger scale because our lives get so big. Today, I have 132 phone numbers of sober AA members from five dif- ferent meetings and various groups. I have a sponsor, sponsees and a loving God in my life. Most of all, I have faith that whatever life has in store for me, I can walk through with humor and grace ... and I will not drink. G.E. Milpitas, Calif. aagrapevine.org 57