The bad news about long term sobriety is that you develop deep, loving friendships with people. They become your family.
The good news about long term sobriety is that you develop deep, loving friendships with people. They become your family.
Meri was my sponsor in Chicago, and a dear friend. She was like a big sister, and I always looked forward to seeing her when I was back home. She was a breast cancer survivor. And on June 13th, when I was at the Anchorage airport getting ready to board my flight to LA, she called to say that she'd just been diagnosed with Stage Four Esophogeal Cancer. She started radiation that week; she started chemo on Monday, July 9th. She died yesterday morning, July 10th, after several days of incredible pain. I just found out (although I think I knew) and I am devastated. We were so excited to get together in two weeks when I'm back in Chicago. This was a great lady, she was so full of life and acceptance and grace and kindness and tolerance, a living example of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. I adored her. She was hilarious, she was patient, and she was so loved by so many people.
My heart is breaking today. And here I sit, at work, hearing her voice telling me to "suck it up, kid. Do the next indicated thing." Sometimes, that's all we can do.