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Published February 2017.

Aloha, Long-Timer!

Separated by nearly half a century of sobriety time, one woman thanks another for her powerful message of inspiration and hope

I met you at the 50th International AA Women’s Conference in Hawaii. I told you a story about how much you inspired me and you asked me to write it all down and send it to you. Here is that story.

During the events on Saturday afternoon, they acknowledged the women in the room who had an extraordinary amount of years in sobriety. When you were announced as having 51 years and a sobriety date of November 7,1962, I got goose bumps all over my body. I was profoundly affected and humbled—in fact, brought to tears. I spent the rest of Saturday reflecting on how this affected me so much and so deeply.

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