From the March 2010 magazine.

Accidents happen

During the first week in October 2008, I was crossing the street to go to a Saturday noontime AA meeting when I was hit by a car. I was transported to the hospital, where I remained unconscious for quite a spell. My pelvis was fractured in two places. There was a minor operation and I could have been out for at least a couple of days. Later, upon reading the police report, it seems to have been a fairly violent accident. The driver was going 35 mph when he hit his brakes. Fortunately, I don't recall anything, except that I was on my way to an AA meeting.

After about 10 days of convalescing, my roommate, a normie and a retired college teacher, got me a "Twelve and Twelve" as soon as I could use the phone. I called the central office in San Jose asking for someone from the Sunshine Committee, because I really needed a meeting. This accident happened in my 10th month of sobriety. I had been in and out of AA for 25 years, basically because I did not have the courage to ask for a starting-over chip. I had half a dozen years from 1981 to 1987. I also had trouble picking a sponsor--"This one or that one." With my phone calls to the central office, I managed to get a least a meeting a week. Once, an old-timer brought a newcomer (with one week sober) with a Big Book turned to Chapter Two, "There Is a Solution." So besides reading and re-reading the "Twelve and Twelve" six or seven times, I read the fourth edition cover to cover.

-- COOPER C.

Baton Rouge, La

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