From the September 2010 magazine.

Serenity garden

Sponsees and a special garden help an ailing teacher defy her deadly diagnosis

Today, I am acutely aware of the miracles that I have experienced in my life and have witnessed in the lives of other since I came through the doors of Alcoholics Anonymous. There is no question that God, as I understand God, is the source of these miracles. I am also aware of the beauty and magic that surrounds me and this awareness, I believe, has been a gift from the young people who have touched my life. It is as if God and those young people are threads woven together making a beautiful design for my life's tapestry.

As I reflect on the miracles of my 24 years of sobriety, I also consider another deadly disease that I have survived. In April 2007, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Because of the size of the inoperable tumor the prognosis looked as if I would live for only a few months.

-- KIZZIE P.

Frankfort, Ky.

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