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A Cruel Killer
An icy road, the death of a loved one, and his own struggles convinced him of the true nature of alcoholism
Several years ago, when I was counting days, doctors diagnosed a freckle on my left leg as malignant melanoma and advised immediate surgery. That night, I stormed into my home group at the Perry Street Workshop in Greenwich Village. I complained, "Here I am, only 42, just starting to get my life back, save my marriage, keep my kids, hold my job and what do I get? Cancer! Thanks a lot, God!"
When I paused to inhale, a woman with longtime sobriety said, "Ed, shut up. You're already recovering from one fatal disease, what's another?" Though it sounds severe, she delivered it kindly and...
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Seeing Myself In You
By actively listening to each other, we are able to empathize
Many Years Later
After nearly 30 years in AA, she finally could understand the message from her mother