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Published March 2011.

Web Exclusive: They Were Telling My Story!

It took 57 years, but she finally heard the words that told her who she was.

"Not until I entered the rooms of AA did I finally learn about me."

I knew in my heart and soul that alcohol was a problem in my life but didn't have the courage to share that inner knowledge with anyone else. If I did, then I couldn't take it back; I would not be able to un-speak the words. I'd have to go forward. I'd have to then take the next step. But the day came in my life that I had to admit that I was “powerless over alcohol and that my life had become unmanageable.” This is Step One of the AA program, though I didn't know it at the time.

I knew, without a doubt of course, that I had been born with some part of my brain missing. I knew this because I felt different inside than what others felt; this conclusion was based on my outward observations of them and their behaviors of course.

-- Anne L.

Fort Worth, Texas

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