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From the January 2017 magazine.

Loose nut

Once a danger at the wheel, she reduced her speed and joined the highway to emotional sobriety

I recently got a wake-up call from God as I was driving to work on a perfectly clear morning. I had eaten breakfast and had been thinking about my schedule for the day. I was running a little late—as usual. I was thinking about my boss, who would be angry at my being late, and I rolled through a stop sign and directly into the path of a large pickup truck that T-boned my car. After being cut out of the car with the “jaws of life” tool, I was taken to a hospital where I was told that my pelvic bone was fractured in two places.

My AA friends and my coworkers were all freaked out. But they didn’t know the whole truth. Since I had only moved to that area seven years earlier, they did not know what I had done a year before I moved there. While burning the candle at both ends, I had fallen asleep at the wheel while driving to work on another perfectly clear morning. I ran off the road, ripped through a barbed wire fence and landed in a cow pasture. I hit the seat belt so hard that the force tore the ligaments from my sternum.

-- Chris K.

Grain Valley, Missouri, USA

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