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20 years

Postby John(videodoc) » Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:42 pm

20 years ago today i had my last half can of beer. I was only 22 at the time and had already started the process of visiting the county jail and going in front of the commander on a regular basis. I was destined to be like Otis on the Andy Griffin show. If it wasn't for a certain commander who gave me a chance, and numerous people over the years, i wouldnt be here today clean and sober. I am an active member of a twevle step group and attend regularly. I know there are many members among this fellowship as well. There was a period of time when i stop all meeting attendance, it was a low point in my recovery, but that is when i was very active with this forumn, and this forumn carried me for the 1.5 yrs i didnt attend any meetings. Thank you.

One of my first sponsors told me to grad ahold of your a$$ with both hands because you are in for one heck of a ride, and it has been one heck of a ride. Military, to civilian life. Military to Hospital to prison to community based mental health employment. Single to married with three kids, and then five kids. As many as 5 dogs and 2 cats at once. Bought the century old family farm in iowa, lost the family farm. Bought a video store chain, lost a video store chain. Built a new house. Joined a tractor club. Turned the life of my son over to the care of god and physcians treating him, when he couldnt breathe on his own and flown by helicopter to a childrens hospital, loss of my father, loss of two sponsors, graduated from college four times, carry two national certifications for addictions therapy, nominated for a presidential letter of recognition (Bush Sr.), numerous medals, loss of pets of 10, 15 yrs. Restored three tractors. Phewww

I wonder what is in store for the next 20 yrs. You have been a help to me in some way, thank you


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Re: 20 years

Postby Bill Hudson » Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:59 pm


Thanks for sharing! I am impressed. You are truly an inspiration for us all.

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Re: 20 years

Postby Barnyard » Fri May 01, 2009 9:41 am

Good Job John! See ya next week.
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Re: 20 years

Postby cowboy » Sat May 02, 2009 7:01 am

Cool John

Stay up there and keep riding tall :D

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Re: 20 years

Postby grumpy » Sat May 02, 2009 10:16 am

Proud of ya. :{_}: :{_}: :{_}: Grump
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Re: 20 years

Postby VinceD » Sun May 03, 2009 7:54 pm

Quite a story. Proud of you. :D :D
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Re: 20 years

Postby beaconlight » Mon May 04, 2009 12:13 am

Sounds like you never had time to get bored. Glad to hear it working out well.

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Re: 20 years

Postby Joe Malinowski » Mon May 04, 2009 5:13 am

Congratulations, I am sure you inspire those you counsel
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Re: 20 years

Postby daddydip » Mon May 04, 2009 4:43 pm

thanks for sharing doc, just keep coming back :wink:
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