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Published March 2011.

Web Exclusive: Sometimes To Carry The Message is to Carry the Messenger

How a World War II vet taught this member about unconditional love.

"As the years went by and I stayed sober, I recognized the priceless gift that I had received."

When I came to Alcoholics Anonymous, in June 1988, I was in a world of pain and paralyzed by fear. When I read the “Doctor’s Opinion” in the Big Book, I knew that you folks knew what you were talking about and that I had the disease of alcoholism too. I went to meetings and listened to the old-timers discuss the program of recovery and tried to apply it to my life.

As the years went by and I stayed sober, I recognized the priceless gift that I had received. So many times during troubles of my own making I felt as if a Higher Power was holding me up. I also began to realize the effort on the part of my fellow AAs to carry and continue to carry the AA message to me. I am extremely grateful today to my maker and the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous for the gift of sobriety.

-- Tom C.

Evanston, Illinois

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