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Four Years No Beers: Or How Grateful I Am

Wow, big picture! At least it looks big while I’m typing.. Anyway.. That is how I looked a few weeks after the massive beating I received on July 30th, 2011 while blacked-out drunk. I told that story in my 1st narrative….

.. And this is what Four years of staying sober will do to my insides, pouring to my outsides… I celebrate my sobriety date on August 1st because I started drinking on July 30th, and wasn’t completely sober until August 1st. I took my last drink sometime after midnight on July 31st, 2011.

I want to extend my sincere and deep gratitude to God, my family, especially my mother and father who never gave up on me, and who have always been there for me and my boys over the years. To my support system of sober women, who accept me just the way that I am. I love you all. Mostly- my boys- A, E, & R. You three are the lights of my life, and I couldn’t imagine life without you guys in it. I am ever so grateful that we have never had to be separated against our wills, and I was able to get the help I needed while you guys were still pretty young. I still work on the mommy guilt daily, but there is SO much power in forgiveness, even forgiveness for one’s self.