From the May 2000 magazine.

Taking Gratitude for Granted

For a period of about two years, my daily walks became progressively more difficult. A searing pain in my lower legs eventually became almost unbearable. I found that stopping every block or two and sitting down would make the pain temporarily subside. The best physical therapists diagnosed my problem as stenosis (a gradual closing of my lower spine) and suggested I better get used to it.

A close friend in AA suggested that a doctor at a nearby university medical center might provide some help. I was very doubtful but did go to see the man, who suggested that a surgical procedure on my lower arteries might help. It didn't seem to make sense, but I was cajoled by my friends into the operating theater.

-- Clancy I.

Los Angeles, California

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