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Peaks and Valleys

He stayed sober despite life's many challenges

My annual trips back to my parents’ home in Texas usually last about two weeks. This year, however, it was going to last a little longer. After arriving in Texas in early November, my wife of over 30 years sent me an email that things couldn’t be worked out and she wanted a separation.

I was devastated. Thoughts of suicide, drunken sprees, deep depression filled my head. The following eight weeks would test and strengthen my sobriety in ways that I could not have foreseen and would have denied possible.

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