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An AA talks about how the Program helped him through a debilitating illness

From August 2010 to May 2011, I was hospitalized with acute necrotizing pancreatitis, a life-threatening condition. During those nine months, my treatment involved, among other things, kidney dialysis, ventilators, heart monitors, feeding and hydration tubes, three stomach surgeries and, as I improved, multiple kinds of therapies. Without doubt I survived because of the expertise of an outstanding surgeon and a cadre of wonderful nurses and specialists, and my wife's daily strength, encouragement and love. I also believe that my recovery was eased by an underpinning provided by my 19 years in AA.

"Let go and let God" was a basic mantra I used in the hospital. I learned it when I was in treatment for alcoholism in late 1992. I often repeated this phrase at random moments and still do when I think I am in an anxious situation. I feel as if I am turning the situation and its outcome over to a "power greater than myself."

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