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Published December 2013.

Back from the Brink

Diagnosed with cirrhosis, he finally faced the truth about his drinking

I suppose my powerlessness over alcohol started in college although the signs were present when I was in high school.

I was a pretty happy-go-lucky type of person. Always trying to be the nice guy, I guess I'm still that way today.

There was a darker period when I was a junior in high school. My father died in 1997 of a heart attack. I was the one who found him lying on his back out in our garage. It was the worst day of my young life. My dad was the smartest person I ever knew. He demanded a lot, but he was fair. He respected hard work and he instilled that in me at a young...

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