From the June 1984 magazine.

A Deeper Need, a Greater Strength

AFTER MORE than 7,600 days of continued sobriety, and a long period of feeling smug about my AA program, I discovered I had cancer. What I've learned in the four months since then has stunned me with a knowledge of the depth of AA principles and the shallowness of my own life.

As I was leaving the hospital after the biopsy, the surgeon said, "It'll be lymphoma or lung cancer. We're pulling for lymphoma." The next day, he broke the news that it was lung cancer. He scheduled me for the specialist who treats tumors. The appointment was four days later.

My wife and I put on our...

-- J. H.

Angola, Indiana