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Old 07-25-2020, 05:26 PM
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Remembering KeyWeird

Ronda, "KeyWeird," died in 2014 but her legacy is a gift that continues.

That I cannot offer a lot of memories about her speaks to the brevity of the time we crossed paths here and, I imagine, the limitations of online connections. What I know: She was funny and kind. A frequent presence in the Tuesday/Friday meetings on SR, she always had supportive words for those who were hurting. I got the impression both that she'd faced some hardships and that she relished her life in funky Key West. I remember she loved the sunshine.

By the time I joined SR in fall of 2013, Key had been diagnosed with cancer. It was unrelenting. She was communicating with her SR friends from her hospital bed for some time; she often commented about how nice the nurses were. Then we stopped hearing from her. Not long after, a fellow SRer and friend of hers in real life shared the news of her passing.

I'm afraid there's nothing more I can offer about Key, the person. About Ronda.

Her impact on me, though, is enduring and significant. My sobriety was unripened, at best, when I first learned she had cancer -- and the outlook never sounded good. How well I remember thinking "If ever there was someone who deserves to go off on a rockin' bender, it's this KeyWeird lady."

From her resolve to stay sober, I learned everything. It was a tectonic shift underneath me, one that instilled a life-changing difference in how I at sobriety and a life in recovery.

A drink isn't a reward. We deserve better. A life of sobriety isn't a sentence. It's a life in which we're in charge of all that is within our power to control. Recovery keeps opening new doors, if we let it.

There are people who have a transformational impact on our lives without even knowing it. I'm so grateful to Key Weird. To Ronda.
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I remember Ronda.
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