From the December 2012 magazine.

December 2012: Holiday Pity Party

Just before the holiday season, I had surgery and was on bed rest after unexpected complications. I was in a lot of physical pain and could not move around comfortably. I found myself stuck with my own thoughts. I tallied up my long list of complications and was lamenting the idea that a simple surgery had gone wrong. I was suffering, where other people who had the same surgery never had a problem. I thought I would call my sponsor, knowing that she’d listen to me bitch and moan and then set me straight. But after 23 years sober, I knew that was just a ploy for attention. I’d really...

-- Terri S.

Canal Winchester, Ohio

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