I want to tell my story to be able to help someone else. On October 14, 2017, I celebrated 25 years of sobriety and for that I am grateful to God, my sponsors, friends and family for that. In these 25 years, I lost my only son, my parents, my grandparents, my brother and other significant people in my life. Also I had an aortic dissection that I had to be airlifted to a hospital and it saved my life. In 2013, I was about to graduate college with my 1st degree and I had to have surgery to repair the dissection. Before that I had to have 2 coronary stents placed. It took 2 surgeries to repair my dissection but 2 years later I was having stomach problems, so I went to a GI doctor. Unfortunately, they found a rare form of Sarcoidosis in my esophagus. Three awesome things happen to me. I did graduate with my Associates degree and then I had the 1st heart surgery a couple of weeks later. If it is God’s will, I will graduate with my Bachelors degree, in a field to help people like me, with a drug addictions and illnesses next year. Last thing is after smoking cigarettes for over 30 years, I finally quit and it is going 6 years. I thank God everyday for my life just the way it is but I also ask that it gets better. Thank you for letting me share my story.

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