From the April 2011 magazine.

April 2011: A life exploded

Cancer, a gambling addiction, a heart attack, a husband’s affair … and she still didn’t drink.

"Since I hit the 39-year mark, it’s pretty much been total devastation."

Today is Remembrance Day and, thanks to AA, I have a lot to be grateful for. On November 30, 2010, I celebrated 41 years of sobriety and on Dec. 5, 2010, I turned 68. You would think with all those years I’d have the world by its tail. No, far from it. Since I hit the 39-year mark, it’s pretty much been total devastation.

Here’s a quick background: I am one who comes from a broken home, due to alcoholism. I picked up alcohol in my early teens and, lo and behold, became an alcoholic. I married an abusive alcoholic and, needless to say, when I joined AA my partner wanted nothing to do with it and we eventually got divorced. The man I was to marry in AA had a good program. We actually lived together for five-and-a-half years before marrying and it seemed like we had it all. We worked hard in our lives and on our programs and the days went on. Then, a few years ago, after many problems and family deaths, we picked up another very sneaky disease, gambling.

-- Bea S.

Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, Canada

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