From the February 1981 magazine.

You Said I Could Change . . .

APPROACHING my third birthday in AA, I find that I do not expect a party with funny hats to be thrown for me, or my loved ones to remember this date, which is so important to me.

Just to sit here and be alive, without the guilts I brought into AA with me three years ago, is a miracle to me. That alone is enough!

An accident involving an innocent victim, putting her into intensive care for six weeks, was the most traumatic experience of my life. The stark terror of that moment--seeing a body under my car, in front of the right tire--made me face the truth about myself. This...

-- S. W.

Clearwater, Florida