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Old 03-01-2022, 11:58 AM
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Today makes 6 years.

I never thought I'd make it this far. I spent a week in ICU, I've lost both my parents and almost a dozen friends in the last 6 years. 3 to suicide. I had to have kidney surgery and was also diagnosed with liver disease and esophageal varacies.

If you would have handed me a piece of paper with those first 2 sentences written on it the day I woke up, I would have gone to the bar and finished the job.

Instead I got to work. There were a lot of hard days but I love my life and if I live the right way, my dr says I could live a normal life span. I've also dropped almost 80 pounds. I've gotten rid of my type 2 diabetes and in June, I may be off all medication.

Soooo.......I am a certified bada$$. HAHAHAHA

I feel strong. Thanks to all the people who have taken the time to help me a long the way. I know I don't come by as much as I used to, but whenever my rear is on fire, a few of you always know how to put it out. I love this place and the people here.

Thank you for my life.

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Old 03-01-2022, 12:11 PM
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That's awesome your an inspiration.
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BullDog - No one (but us) understands what it took to get there. 6 yrs!! I'm so glad you're here.
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Old 03-01-2022, 01:33 PM
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Jeff, what a wonderful post.

A heartfelt thank you and congratulations!

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Old 03-01-2022, 02:31 PM
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Congratulations on 6 years BD

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Old 03-01-2022, 05:28 PM
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And your wife has a badass for a husband and your kids have a badass for a dad.
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Old 03-01-2022, 07:35 PM
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Holy cow! What a turnaround Bulldog! Congratulations on 6 years!
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Old 03-01-2022, 09:18 PM
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Congrats and hugs on reaching six years sober!! And thank you for sharing your story.
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Old 03-02-2022, 07:54 AM
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Old 03-02-2022, 02:29 PM
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Great work! well done.
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Old 03-02-2022, 03:18 PM
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You are amazing, BullDog.
Congratulations to you and those who love you.
And thank you so much for being here - you've no idea how many lives you've truly touched, but mine is one.

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Old 03-04-2022, 10:42 AM
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I wanted to add my congratulations on your 6 years sober BD. You are a great example to us all and I also have personally benefited from yours share—thank you!
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Old 03-07-2022, 11:55 AM
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That's awesome news. Keep it up. So sorry for the losses you have been through. But life in general isn't easy. Keep up the bad assery
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Old 03-07-2022, 11:59 AM
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And we love you bull dog.
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Old 03-08-2022, 11:43 AM
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Congrats Bulldog! Keep moving forward
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Bulldog, every time I see your name I instantly hear that wonderful Beatles song Bulldog.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4vbJQ-MrKo



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Hi There! i would love to have a group chat in the chat room like the old times. People who would like to chat in the chat room be there at .....hmmmm.....8:30 pm tonight?
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Old 03-09-2022, 02:27 PM
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congrats bulldog!!! it sounds like you've had to face some fun obstacles on your sober journey whats your 2 cents to others that face obstacles. I ask casuse for me i got sober and life was slowly getting better but now i've faced obstacles and lifes taken a dive.

for me I havent picked back up despite feeling as if maybe i have good reason because of bad stuff that happened because at the end of the day I think as bad as this is I cant go back to that nonsense sigh so I just keep going forward.
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Congratulations Bulldog!!! 6 Years is AMAZING. Your story is one of strength and determination to stay Sober. You continue to inspire me.

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Old 03-14-2022, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by zjw View Post
congrats bulldog!!! it sounds like you've had to face some fun obstacles on your sober journey whats your 2 cents to others that face obstacles. I ask casuse for me i got sober and life was slowly getting better but now i've faced obstacles and lifes taken a dive.

for me I havent picked back up despite feeling as if maybe i have good reason because of bad stuff that happened because at the end of the day I think as bad as this is I cant go back to that nonsense sigh so I just keep going forward.

Hey Zjw, sorry it took a few days to write back, i'm not here as much as I used to be but i'm going to try to stop by every night.

Honestly, the answer for me is very simple. I can't . I do have good reason to pick back up. Hell, I've lost both parents and like a dozen friends and have found out about some concerning health stuff I have to keep a close eye on. To me- that was enough. Losing my mom was enough. But...It never changes the truth. I can't.

No matter how much I want to-which I really don't-I don't miss it at all-I just can't do it because it means I'll die. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you all that I don't have another recovery in me. That I won't survive another relapse. I won't. There's no nobility or inspiration about my fight to stay sober. It's purely a matter of survival.

Maybe that makes it easier for me because I know I can't ever go back. Most of you people can-and I was no different. It was also why I could never stay sober. I always -in the back of my mind, had a "F it switch in case I got the reason. My reason to self destruct and go all crazy train.

So as cheesy as this sounds, I had to have a reason or 2 or 5 that made me love something more than myself. That's my family. I refuse to ever put them through the pain I had once before. Here again-It's purely a matter of survival. I hope that helps you in some way. Hang in there. One of the few truths about life is it's forever changing-so it can always get better.
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