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That's wonderful Cyndy! the word "Congratulations" doesn't seem to express the relief I feel when anyone says those words "Cancer Free" Blessings, Bella

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I'm so happy to hear your good news Cyndy! I believe prayers work and you were in my prayers.

It's great to hear the news of your DH as well, Leslie! Best wishes to your whole family. I always love to hear of your gatherings with loved ones.

I've been happy to have this whole week off work. Wishing peace on Earth to all!



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Oh Cyndy! What a wonderful gift for you and for all of us to hear that you are cancer free! I’m so happy I want to burst!!!

Merry Christmas everyone. Peace and love to you all!!!

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Merry Christmas Eve to All!

Happy Holidays Aurlie! Enjoy your time off from work.

Happy Holidays Leslie! Much Joy in your words! I am happy to read Chris has finished his radiation. Hope your grandson is feeling much better! Lists and wrapping presents. Cleaning and tidying up. You are very busy. Yes important that you rest. You will be at your best!

20 years of sobriety, a party for your sponsor! How special and wonderful! Congratulations to her! Love this!

Later on this afternoon, Joe and I will be going to my oldest son's house. Spend Christmas eve with him and my daughter in law. My younger son will be there too. I have finished wrapping gifts. A class to properly wrap presents would be good for me. I am not good at this at all.
I am happy to share I am cancer free. My biopsy was clear. The lymph nodes are under my arm. Interesting procedure it was. As I watched it on the ultrasound screen. Mammograms are very important every year.

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Aurlie, Iím so excited for you to have some time off! Yay!

I hope everyone has a wonderful, healthy, and joyful holiday season.

Life is good for me. Chris is feeling better since he finished radiation. I spent 3 days last week in San Diego watching my 8 month old grandson who was sick and couldnít go to day care. What a joy. His parents were sick too so I feel lucky that I didnít catch their bug. Iím now making lots of lists to get ready for everyone home for Christmas Day and the day after Christmas..........wrapping, de-junking, cleaning, preparing bedrooms, and shopping for lots of food in the next 3 days. Iím throwing in some rest and walking to make sure I take care of myself.

Yesterday I threw a little party for my sponsor who celebrated 20 years of sobriety. What a fun day with sober friends and some of her family. Sunday we will all go to a meeting and give her a cake and a chip. Woo Hoo!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Wishing everyone joy over the holidays. This was my last workday of the year!

Let's wrap up this year clear-headed and serene.

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Aurlie, it’s so good to hear how you are doing. Training Specialist is certainly your company’s confirmation that you are so valuable to them, but I can only imagine the extra work load that involves. I pray that you will find the balance that keeps you as healthy as you deserve!!! Sending you loads of love!

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It's good to see you, Bella! Drop in when you can -- I understand being busy!

Cyndy, your doctor's visit was very positive -- Congratulations! I'll keep you in my prayers as you wait for your appointment with the imaging center. Thanks for the wise advice.

Leslie, you're such an inspiration! I find it so difficult when Mike is ill. You and your DH are blessed that you work so well together.

I'm also struggling with a few unwanted pounds. The Winter Darkness is stressful for me. I'm looking forward to the Winter Solstice when the daylight hours begin getting longer again. I've been enlisted as a Training Specialist at my job. It's in addition to my regular work. I enjoy the challenge, but I'm finding it difficult to balance my time.

Happy December to all. Let's stay safe and sober!



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Hi LATI Team,
Cyndy, Iím so glad that your vacation was wonderful. What a fantastic report from your doctor. All your hard work is paying off. I will continue to pray for you as you face your new challenges and wait for the Imaging folks to call. Sending love to you and Joe.

Bella it is so good to see you here. Iím glad you are doing well and encourage you to check in whenever you can.

Aurlie, I hope you can get some time off in December. You pour so much energy into your job. Your company should be so grateful for your continued dedication. I know how hard you work and how frustrating it can be. I hope you and Mike are healthy and well.

Weíre keeping things simple right now. Chris and I have been going to his radiation treatments daily for 3 weeks now. He only has 8 treatments left. He is tired and has a burned face but those side effects will all go away when heís done. We are staying grateful and positive.

Personally health wise, Iím really working hard on getting the last 10 pounds off that piled on 2 years ago when I was on the heavy steroids for so long for the ulcerative colitis. The first 10 came off pretty easily, but the last 10 have been a bear. I keep doing my yoga and walking/jogging and staying as fit and flexible as I can. I donít let my weight define me, but it would be nice to have more room in my clothes.

Being sober is definitely the first thing I am thankful for every day. I do an inventory often to make sure that my priorities and intentions and motives are clear and straight.

Sending love to you all!

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Happy DECEMBER LATI Team!!

Hi Bella. Post when you can and share. Happy Holidays to you.

Hi Aurlie. Wishing you a Great December. Happy Holidays to you and Mike.

Hi Leslie. Enjoy your December. Happy Holidays to you and Chris.

Enjoyed a great Thanksgiving. And lost the 5 pounds I gained in Las Vegas.

I had a great check up at my last visit to the doctor. She said my liver is normal.
The damage from cirrhosis is not reversible. Because I did stop drinking, I can live a near normal life. I am grateful.
Waiting for a phone call from the Image Center. They will let me know when I can get my biopsy done. Hopefully soon. I try my best. No appointments in December and January.

Thank You for all of your prayers!

If you are not sober yet. Keep trying. Life is so much better without Alcohol!

Be careful of the creep up pounds! Get rid of them quickly or they might stay. Dine healthy and dine delicious. Stay Fit with your exercise.

Happy Holidays LATI Team!
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I haven't bee active on this team because so much time was put into the 5% Fall Challenge. I hope everyone is happy and healthy. Bella

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Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Aurlie, and to all the LATI team. Wishing you all a sober, sane, and healthy holiday season. I know I'm grateful to be able to share here too!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving all! November is the month of being mindful of gratitude. I'm thankful to have this place to come and share.

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Welcome ComputerTeacher. I hope to meet you here soon!

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Hey Aurlie,
So good to see you. You are in my best thoughts as you head into a busy couple of November weeks. I hope you get a little bit of time at Thanksgiving. You deserve some rest.
We were so worried about the LA Zoo when that fire popped up and threatened Griffith Park. And during the horrible Thousand Oaks and Malibu fires, no less, when resources were stretched so thinly. What a scary time it is again in CA.

Wishing everyone well. Have a sober weekend and week to come.........one day at a time!

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Cyndy, you're in my prayers and I'm hope your procedure goes well.

Leslie, you and Chris are so blessed to have each other. I admire your faith and the strength of your relationship.

It's good to see you, Bella. I hope you're well.

I can hardly believe that November is one-third over all ready. I've got a lot to do at work during this short month. I may be working long hours for the next couple of weeks. I certainly couldn't do that if I wasn't sober. I appreciate this groups and you ladies who are such a good example to me.
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Good to see you Bella. I hope you are doing well and staying in good health!!!

Chris has started his radiation treatments. He was fitted for the mask and the restraints last week with several appointments and this week the daily radiation has begun. He is very uncomfortable in the restraints and face mask due to his serious claustrophobia so he is taking a Valium before treatments. I'm his driver and his cheerleader. I feel helpless so it is a good time to work on surrender and faith................again! Always good to practice the principles of recovery as life stays in session!!!!

I hope everyone is doing well!!! Sobriety makes all of life's challenges easier, by far!

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I haven't been on here for a while and I'm sorry, Cyndy, to hear of your struggle. You are in my prayers and thoughts. Bella

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Cyndy- I’m so sorry about your mammogram. I have no doubt you will come through this well. So glad you are vigilant about doing them annually. You are in my prayers.

Chris and I saw A Star Is Born last Friday. We agree. It was fabulous. We loved it too!

Enjoy your trip to Sedona. It will be gorgeous this time of year! Safe travels!

Still no word from insurance despite the prodding. I have plans to babysit in San Diego on Monday and Tuesday and then in Riverside on Thursday and Friday. Hope I don’t have to cancel out on the grand kids if he gets a call. He says he can handle radiation on his own but I still want to be with him. It will all work out the way it is supposed to. Faith! So glad to be sober!!!

Aurlie it’s Friday! Hooray. Hope this weekend brings you rest and regeneration!

Hugs to everyone!

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It's a beautiful Friday, ...Hello Leslie and Aurlie...! I have enjoyed reading your posts! Thank you so very much for your kind words and thoughts. Regarding my Not So Cool September! I was anxious and Ready to welcome ROCKTOBER! Looking at my favorite month awaiting me. In September I had my mammogram. My appointment went well, so I thought.
ROCKTOBER is here! I got a call back to schedule a ultrasound. Three days later I received a phone call from my doctor. She said not to worry? And would be receiving a referral in the mail to get a biopsy. To check a lymph node under my arm, there is a small lump. I did worry for a day and night. Then read about lymph nodes and centimeter sizes of lumps. I felt better after I read and learned, saw pictures. Went to the Breast Cancer Site, and read much more. More optimistic! I am grateful! Scheduled my biopsy, I'll have it in November. First I will enjoy my vacation to Sedona, AZ. next week. My DH and I will celebrate our Halloween here, no costume this year. Bringing a mask along and I'll be dressed in Black! Ready for my Airplane ride. A sober flight!
I read and hear about many women not getting their mammograms. Saddens me. I go every year, and a lump is found. Cancer is very aggressive. BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH Ladies! Get your check ups and Mammograms! Also Flu shots! Flu shot I got mine on Tuesday.

Excellent Leslie! I am happy to read your physical went very well! I love reading that your Annual Mammogram was negative! Yay You! You're all set! Shots done too!
AWESOME News! Bone marrow biopsy-results for Chris, negative!
No Pumpkin Patch at this time. No decorations. Maybe in a few years. Really serious about moving out of this house. Downsize time. Ö..Everyday Sober-Hugs!
Oh before I forget. Great movie! A Star Is Born! Joe and I saw it Tuesday afternoon! I recommend!

God Bless You Aurlie with healthy habits, all through the Year! And outings for you to enjoy!
Sending you best wishes!

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Thanks Aurlie, my physical went really well. All of my numbers, values, and test results were literally perfect. And I had my annual mammogram which was negative. Yay. It made me so happy. I got my flu shot and a tetanus shot. So I'm good to go.

Chris got the results of his bone marrow biopsy, the last test for multiple myeloma. It was also negative. We saw the hematology/oncologist today. She was very positive about his upcoming radiation and was so glad that he had the radiology/oncologist that he was assigned. She had so many good things to say about him which fit our first impression. Still waiting on insurance approval for his radiation. The nurses at both oncology offices are going to be the "squeaky wheels" for us. Woo Hoo!

Well, everyone. I agree with Aurlie......some days being sober is the best way to keep me moving forward. Every day sober is a victory.

Hope you are all well and taking care of yourselves!

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I hope your physical went well, Leslie. Good health is so important. I struggle to maintain my healthy habits through the winter months, so I need to take advantage of our good weather while we have it. It feels this year is passing so quickly.

Best wishes to all on this team. Staying sane and sober is the one thing that keeps me moving forward!

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Thank you for all the encouragement, Aurlie! And, you would be great at the yoga retreat. It is for all levels. No experience necessary. You would love it.
Mike is missing out on a big opportunity not going places with you. You are such a fun, interesting, curious, and loving person. Maybe you could find an "adventure buddy". I've had to venture out on my own when Chris doesn't want to go. I went to San Diego by myself to babysit Liam on Thursday and Friday. The up side of that is he misses me (and I, him) so when I return we are a bit refreshed. You enjoyed that trip up the coast last year. Maybe another one is in order. In any case, I'm keeping you in my loving thoughts.

I am loving our rain too. I drove home from SD in the thunder and lightening storms last night. So refreshing to see all the plants and trees sucking up the water. But, I have also heard we are in for a heat wave next week. It's supposed to hit the 90's again here in the inland areas. Dang!!!

Monday I have my annual physical with our new internist. I hope all my bloodwork and tests come out well. We really like him so I'm anxious to get to know him better.

I need to get to an AA meeting. Life has taken me away from my usual schedule. I'll get to one tomorrow night.

Hope to see some of our new friends posting soon, as well.

Be good to yourselves, everyone. Stay sane and sober, no matter what.

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Cyndy, I'm so sorry to hear of your accident. It's a blessing that you're all right. Car repairs are expensive, but much easier than repairing a person. You're always so busy with interesting projects. Your reading sounds very inspirational. Best wishes with your closet project.

Leslie, I love hearing about your yoga retreat. Since Mike refuses to go on vacation or even an overnight trip, I've felt very sad about never getting out of my rut. I can't imagine investing enough time in yoga classes to get to the point where I could consider a yoga retreat. I guess that sort of things will never be possible for me, but I enjoy hearing about the interesting things you do. Best wishes to your DH for positive medical reports. I know you two will face any challenge with courage and love.

We had a little thunderstorm yesterday evening! I heard the thunder for a little while before I realized what it was. It was doubly nice to get a bit of rain at a time when I didn't need to drive anywhere. Today feels cool and refreshed outside. We're expecting hot, windy weather next week.

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Oh Cyndy, I am so glad that you are okay and your car is fixed and in the garage. Your book sounds wonderful. I love that closet trick. I havenít used it in a long time. I think I will start again. I hope ďRoctoberĒ is the best for you after a rocky September.
Thank you for the prayers. I know they help!

Oh, Aurlie, I never answered your question about our possible rain. I hope, hope, hope we get some inland. You and Cyndy must start blowing it our way! Moisture falling from the sky......what a treat!!

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Good afternoon and a happy month of October to you al!
"Leslie," Your yoga retreat sounds so refreshing. News about Chris. Thank you for sharing. He is in my daily prayer of healing. Prayers for you.
Feel better soon, "Diane."
Get well soon, "Aurlie." Hope your Monday has not been too stressful. Feel better Mike.
Hello"Bella."

Had a up and down September. Not good for me to post my thoughts. I worked them out. Much prayer was helpful. An event of not my choosing distracted me. My Mini Cooper was rear-ended at a railroad crossing in San Dimas. A young lady was busy looking in her mirror, is what she said. Her bumper fell off her car. $1,000.00 damage estimate to repair my car, from the Auto Body shop. Paid the $250.00 deductible to Automobile Club of Southern California, Mini Cooper is fixed and inside my garage.
Other things I've been busy with, reading another book. This book is very good. The name of the book is, the Sobering Truth. Great chapter topics. Alcohol and Depression, Alcohol and Insomnia, Alcohol and Cancer...naming a few. Also a short chapter about Ernest Hemingway. Very interesting to read.
Ongoing project, I am Thining out my closet. Turn around the Hangar works for me!
{Turn around all the hangers in your closet so the hooks are pointing towards you (wrong way round). The Closet Trick!
When you wear something, put it back with the hook the normal way.
In six months, any hanger still facing the wrong way is holding an item you haven't worn, ready for donation. I'm not waiting two months. I like it!
Worked on my Pick Up Please - Donations. Ready with a bag of clothes and a box of miscellaneous for Tuesday. "I am Grateful to be free from the uncontrollable need to drink alcohol."

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Heal quickly Diane. Glad you are staying sober through the nasty cold. Feel better!!!

Aurlie, I hope your cold clears soon too. Boy, the cold/flu season has started early. I'm so sorry you caught it. Eeek, I hope Mike doesn't stay down too long. I know how hard that is. Take care of YOU!!!

Chris is doing well. Waiting to get the bone marrow biopsy on Thursday. Everything is moving along. We remain optimistic and grateful.

I just got back from the Idyllwild mountains where I attended a 3 day yoga retreat. It was everything and more than I expected. It was good to renew myself. I'm finally learning, that I must tend to myself once in a while to be ready for the next surprise life throws at me. Baby steps. Why is it so hard for us women to put ourselves 1st once in a while? Or ask for help?
Pride and Ego, I guess. It takes so much work to break those nasty personal defects down and change learned behavior.

Well, sending love to you all.

P.S. Most everyone drank wine in the evening. There were two of us sipping herbal tea. It felt good to know I didn't have a craving or desire to break my sobriety and my serenity. They all drink like normal people.....I don't have that luxury. So grateful to be sober!!!!!

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Hi everyone. I have been nursing a cold all weekend. It has been a miserable one but the upside is that I haven't felt like having a cocktail (or even eating very much) since the cold started on Thursday. So that has been a help in the right direction! Have a great weekend everyone!


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I'm glad you're back, Diane! I'm sure you'll find the right path for yourself.

Best wishes to you, Bella. It sounds like you've identified your most challenging time. That's a big part of the battle. I hope your weather becomes more enjoyable for you.

Leslie, did you hear we may get rain in this area next week? It's not even Winter yet! You and your DH are in my prayers. It sounds like you have faith and trust in your medical team. That makes such a difference in your confidence.

I took a half-day off work yesterday as sick time. I've got a little cold and there were delays in my work schedule so it worked out well. Monday will be a crazy-busy day, but then it usually is. I'm feeling better today. I wanted to get out to enjoy our nice weather today, but Mike is sick now. I expect he'll be in bed for days which will make going back to work Monday very stressful for me.

I wish everyone a wonderful Weekend. Let's stay strong and sober.

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So glad you keep coming back, Diane. You will know when you've hit the absolute bottom and can't live with alcohol any more. I remember that awful place where I couldn't live without alcohol..........but I couldn't life with it either. You'll find you way!

I hope everyone is doing well.
Today the oncologist said that Chris's PET and CT scans and blood work did not show signs of Multiple Myeloma yet. He has the plasma cell cytoma cancer in his jaw that will require radiation. She is ordering a bone marrow biopsy next week to make triple sure that her diagnosis is correct. She will monitor him 4 times a year for quite a while and he will have to have tests for years to come to catch the development of Multiple Myeloma. So we are cautiously optimistic at this point. Feeling pretty good and ready to meet the next steps and challenges.

Stay sober everyone.......it's easier than getting sober again. This disease is progressive. It never gets "better". We never learn to drink like "normal people" even though our brains tell us we can. The disease lies.

Sending you all loving thoughts!!!!

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I have been off line and off track all week. And it shows! I had a 4 pound gain. how??? urgh...was it that bad? Well I guess it was all not doing what I need to do --ALL week long. Urgh. Well I got what I deserved (a 4 pound gain). My pants are so tight today that I am uncomfortable. And I have had many cocktails (many nights this week). So I am back to square one with that again. But I am back. And that is a plus - because usually when I fall off track like this I just disappear and spiral out of control some more. But I am back and ready to start again - try again!

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Bella, I am so glad you are safe. Happy Fall!

Sending the LATI team well wishes for a sober and sane Tuesday.



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We are not anywhere near the Florence aftermath, thank God. I have a cousin in NC, however, and he's been posting pics of the damage. So sad and frightening.

Have a great day everyone, Bella

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Fabulous Diane! Today will be a great sober day!

Bella, I am envious of fog (or any cooler weather. We can't seem to get out of the 90's.) But, I also pray for all those affected by Florence and her aftermath of flooding. Just terrible. Are you anywhere near that area?

Today I got up and at 'um and to a morning yoga class at the studio. My intention since my husband's diagnosis has been to stay very consistent with my yoga and walking/jogging. It is good for my racing squirrel brain. He did extensive blood work again this morning. So now we wait to see the oncologist next week and get the results of the P.E.T. scan, CT scan, and blood work. We are staying very optimistic regardless of the outcome. There is so much more hope now with so many cancers. I truly believe we caught his very early and have so many options.

Well, happy Tuesday to you all. Sober and ready for what life throws at us!!!!!

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Been busy but been sober. 18 days so far!


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fog, fog and more fog...what a wet few months we've had!

Prayers going out to all impacted by Hurricane Florence. emoticon

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Weíre glad you are here, Bella!

Happy Sober Monday LATI Team!

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Have I bored everyone to tears telling you how grateful I am to have found this team on SP?? Well, I'm saying it again. I'm incredibly grateful! It helps to hold me accountable.

I struggled this weekend; I didn't drink but wanted to so very badly. Weekdays are easier for me since I work full time. Being at home for 2 full days is a challenge. I have to find some ways to keep myself busy over the 2-day weekend to keep my mind off things. I did get some cleaning done but I used to drink wine non-stop when I was cleaning in the past.

Have a great day everyone. Bella

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Keeping you in my most heartfelt prayers, Aurlie. You also continue to demonstrate how sobriety gives you the strength to stay healthy and courageous regardless of the circumstances.

I spent the morning with a best friend at a big church in our area with lots of music and a great message from the pastor. Very uplifting. Then we had coffee and talked for 2 hours. Girlfriend therapy!
Tonight Iím headed to an AA meeting for some more spiritual and emotional bolstering.

My husband has blood work this week and then a week of waiting for our follow up appointment with the oncologist. I guess I shouldnít always say ďourĒ......It is his cancer. Life is good and we are ready for action!

I wish everyone peace today.

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Thanks for being here, Leslie, and sharing your experience, strength and hope with us. No matter what you're facing you always show such courage.

Diane and Bella, you'e both in my prayers. Let's stay strong and stay on the right path.

I've been struggling at work and somewhat at home, but I'm glad to be here where I'm reminded that it could be much worse. I'm blessed not to be struggling with alcohol now. My health is good and I'm doing fine in many respects.

I'm grateful for all the good in my life!

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Hi Ladies,
Good advice, Bella! Congratulations Diane!

I remember hearing when I first got sober..."We have a disease that tells us we don't have it."

Each time I make it through a new life challenge without alcohol, it gives me more armor for the next challenge. I also rely on the stories of others to show me that there isn't anything in life that I can't conquer without alcohol. I remember my old timer friend, Ruth, who died with 52 years of sobriety saying, "Honey, ya just step over the body and get to a meeting with other alcoholics". This was after my dad had passed and I had 1 year of sobriety. It may have seemed harsh to some, but I knew what she meant. Nothing would have made my dad prouder (he died with 23 years of sobriety) than to know that I didn't relapse after his passing. Two of my brothers weren't so lucky. One is now dead, and the remaining one continues his life as a felon and a heroine addict. My twin brother was murdered when we were 25, but my sister and I always wonder if he would have been a part of the family disease.

Anyway, it is deadly and progressive. So I wish you all well each and every day you triumph over it's grasp. There are solutions and life is always better sober.

Sending you all love today.



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Stay strong Diane! I just came to the Team boards to ask for some assurance myself. It's been all of 8 days for me and last weekend was relatively 'easy' because I was still feeling sick form the last binge drinking I had. I'm feeling great this week (thank God!) but it's easier for the voices in my head to mess with me.

There's always going to be a challenge and they will be our teachers in this journey.

Peace, Bella

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Leslie - I am so glad that your husband is getting good and quick attention. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Today I celebrate 2 weeks of no alcohol. I will admit -- it has not been easy. And this weekend I head off on a weekend retreat for work 2 nights in a hotel is normally a sure fire recipe for drinking so I will have to stay strong!


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Woo Hoo for 13 days, Diane. Thanks for keeping us updated on your success!

Right now Iím at Redlands Hospital waiting for my husband to finish his P.E.T. scan. Iím grateful for how fast our insurance company has approved his procedures and how fast our medical system has scheduled things for him. We are moving along to hopefully getting a full and accurate diagnosis of his cancer.

Itís is a great day to be sober and alive!!!!!

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13 days sober -- yay!



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Awesome Diane!

This morning I got in my car to go to an appointment and it was dead. I got it to start up a few minutes later and went to my mechanic down the street. It was just the battery so I’m now getting a new battery installed. Had to cancel my appointment.
My point???
As a sober person, I could take this in stride and not make it into a catastrophic event!

Have a blessed day everyone!!!

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ah....10 days sober. No hangover. No worries about what I might have said or done last night. Just clear headed knowledge. I pray for many more days like this ahead....


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Good morning everyone.

Congratulations Diane. Thank you for the prayers and blessings. Yes, we are definitely up for the fight.

Hello again Bella. Good to see you here!

Life is a roller coaster for us all. Iím glad to be riding it without alcohol or any other mind altering substances today.

Sending out peace and love.

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Nine Days Sober! Yay! There have been some close calls but I am happy with this sobriety-streak.

Leslie - my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family -- you and your husband both sound like strong solid people who are ready to do battle.


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Good Morning LATI mates! Enjoy your day, Bella

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Thank you JLH!!!! Prayers are definitely welcome. Wishing you a wonderful Saturday sober one day at a time.

Hi to all my LATI friends!!! Hope itís a good day for all!

My husbandís 50th HS reunion was really fun last night. It was fun for him to see old friends and laugh about old times. I had such a good time, too. The ďIn MemoriamĒ wall had 60 people on it. Another great reason to be grateful and take each day as it comes.

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Thanks for your greetings Lesliesenior, and your sharing about how great it feels to be sober when dealing with stuff. I remember that feeling, just don't have enough time yet for it to hit me.

I am so sorry to learn of your husband's health concerns and will keep you two in my prayers if that is okay.
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Oh my, Diane, I meant to congratulate you on your 6 days. That is seriously awesome. You aren't giving up. And you keep trusting us to encourage you.

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Welcome Bellamemaw and JLH444! So glad you are both here. I hope you feel free to share your stories!

We saw the oncologist yesterday. My husband has cancer, but more tests are ordered in the next two weeks to get a more complete diagnosis. He has cancer in his jaw as per the biopsy (plasma cell neoplasm). If it is localized he will get radiation. If the PET scan, bone marrow test, and targeted blood work shows Multiple Myeloma (blood and bone marrow cancer) then the treatment plan will be quite different. So we now have more information, but still have more to come. Today we both were teary and emotional. I think the reality that we predicted was setting in. But, we are tough and ready to fight!!!

I thank God for our sobriety and that we have some years under our belts. It is making it possible to be rational, alert, and capable of making good decisions. We have a high level of gratitude and are finding miracles in so many events, people, and occurrences that happen every day.

Stay strong and sober LATI team. Trust me life is infinitely easier and better without alcohol. There is nothing that alcohol makes better. My problems were always there when woke up in the morning. I could not run away from myself by getting drunk. I love tackling life as my authentic self without all the baggage I used to carry. Life is tough enough.

Bless you all tonight!

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Whew--- 6 days sober. It's not easy. My biggest tempter is myself. Today I was at a restaurant and saw a lady having a crisp looking glass of white wine. I almost ordered the same without thinking. The craving was overwhelming. But I managed. I held back, held off and resisted. Which makes me 6 days dry and sober!


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I can't tell you all how happy, and relieved, to have found this team. Thank you!

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FIVE DAYS SOBER (yay.......!!!)

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Yes!!! Happy Healthy Sober September to all!

What a great trip you and Joe had, Cyndy!!! Your description of the food made me drool!!! You should be a travel reporter. You make your trips come alive.

We are resting and tidying up today. On Friday, we are going to my husbandís 50th high school reunion. He grew up in Rolling Hills (Palos Verdes) so we will be going back there for the first time in many years. I hope we can drive by his old house. It may be torn down or rebuilt. Things have changed so much in that area. Life goes on..........and we are grateful today to be alive.
Iíve been counting my blessings and writing a gratitude list every day in my journal. It really helps me combat anxiety and negative thinking.

Letís all celebrate our sobriety and the freedom it brings today.


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9/3/18 12:11 P

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Wishing you all A great Month of September, LATI Team.
To each of you who get up everyday and work hard for your dreams! Happy Labor Day to all!
Rest and be thankful!

Hi Diane! Another sober and dry day for you! Day 3 emoticon Love your Sober Days!

Hi Leslie! Chris is in my Prayer of healing. Prayers for you!
I pray daily.

I did pray in my alcoholic life. My prayers at that time were not answered. According to me, they were not. I had doubt. My mind and thoughts did not have clarity. Much darkness.
A bigger picture of my future would happen later. Prayers in my sober life, yes they are answered. My first answered prayer was a miracle to me. I read about prayer. I was not praying correctly.
I would read the word Believe. A puzzling word to me. Because I didn't?
Believe. Yes I do!

Happy birthday wishes for your son on Wednesday, 40 years emoticon young.

Hi Aurlie! Prayers for you! Enjoy your Monday, Labor Day Holiday!
Sobriety is your highest priority. Your health is also a high priority.
Working is stressful emoticon

DH and I went to Redondo Beach for two days! The weather was perfect! Stayed at Redondo Beach Hotel. Newly remodeled and new name. Previous name was Sunrise Hotel.
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Perfectly situated. Cheesecake Factory is across the street and over to the right.
DH went there and picked up a slice. We shared it. So delicious!
Also dined at Captain Kidds Seafood and Fish Market! Enjoyed Shrimp Cocktail and Clam Chowder!

This was our last time to Tony's on the Pier Seafood Restaurant. Food was not so delicious this visit. We came here many times.
Online searching. I have found two restaurants to try in January. They are down the street near Hermosa Beach.
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Before we left. Online searching again. Chose a restaurant. I was in the mood for pancakes or something new. On Harbor Drive, Original Pancake House. We went there. Full of people.
A Great Thing, could this restaurant have some Good food? Oh YES it did!
Pumpkin Pancakes for me. Fluffy Large and Tasty Denver Omelette for DH! Big as the Plate!
I tried it.

Blessing to You All TODAY. Sobriety, Health and Happiness!

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9/1/18 5:27 P

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Thank you so much Aurlie. Chris has an oncology appointment for next Wednesday, Sept. 5th.......my oldest son's 40th birthday.......life is full of contrasts and interesting turns. We are informing ourselves and getting our questions in order. The unknown is always a challenge and tests spiritual fortitude.

You are in my prayers for renewal, hope, and gentle self care. Your work is always so difficult and unstable. I guess that is always an unknown for you, too. But, all of life is the unknown. No fortune cookies or crystal balls..... I'm sending you love and warmth and ease today.

My sponsor often says she wishes God would write his plan on her mirror in bright red lipstick every morning. But, since that is probably not the case we all must face each day sober and as clear headed as possible.

Love to everyone! Have a safe Labor Day weekend.

I try to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one's heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know. AS BILL SEES IT



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8/31/18 7:30 P

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O Leslie, you and your DH are in my prayers. Best wishes on the upcoming appointment. It must be a stressful time for you both. Sending a warm hug to you both.

Good to see your positive post, Diane. Best wishes to you.

Cyndy, you're such an inspiration with your positive attitude and your productive habits.

I've been struggling with Depression. My work life it weighing heavily on me. There have been a lot of changes and disruption. Sobriety is still my highest priority, but other things like nutrition, fitness, sleep and friendship have all suffered lately. I'm dedicating this long weekend to getting back on track.

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8/31/18 11:47 A

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Happy last day of August, LATI team.

Good for you Goodbye_70. Wishing you a wonderful Friday!

Update on my hubby......He has gotten the approval to see the Oncologist/Hemetologist. So now we need to get an appointment. I think is is going to go to the facility today and ask for an appointment face to face instead of on the phone. The office is only 5 miles from our house so itís a good call. We are trying to be as proactive as possible and get a diagnosis so we can make a treatment plan. We still hold out hope that the diagnosis will be ruled out. But, we are prepared for whatever the news is!!!

Peace and love to you all!

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8/31/18 12:33 A

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This will be a sober and dry day for me. This is the one.

*Diane*
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8/29/18 11:39 A

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Just stopping by to say hello to fellow LATI team friends.

Letís make today another sober and serene day.

Yes, it is definitely One Day At A Time for everything in life.

Peace!!!

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8/28/18 10:18 A

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Thank you so much for your honest and raw words of wisdom and experience, Cyndy. those are words I need to read and absorb over and over. I am a newbie to this world of sobriety and by newbie I pretty much mean that almost every morning is "Day One" for me. I almost made it to 30 straight days a while back but...well... that slippery slope is very very slippery. and I am still clawing my way up there. Thank you for being an inspiration and for your raw honesty.


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8/24/18 11:47 P

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I love this post, Cyndy! It is so full of hope and life. Your story always inspires me.

Thank you for your leadership and positive attitude. Sober, we can overcome anything with more ease and serenity.

Sending everyone wishes for a happy, healthy weekend!

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8/24/18 9:17 P

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Hi LATI Team.
Congrats Leslie on 6,000 days sober! Great milestone for you, I agree with you emoticon

Last week and this week too. I have been reading and thinking back to early days of my sobriety. They really did not mean too much to me at that time. I was sick and unhealthy. My mind as well as my body. Although I never want to experience any of those years again.
I cannot imagine relapse. A casket would be my consequence.

I am feeling healthier. And my thinking has very much improved. At times I still cannot convey my words correctly. That darn Alcohol scrambled my brain a bit. Still I try my very best!

I remember the excitement and great feeling I had inside. After going to my first A.A. meeting. This time it was different.

The first time I went to a A.A. meeting. Was not because I wanted to. At that time in my life. I wanted nothing to do with A.A.. For a everyday drinker. I knew the days I would attend the meeting. I had to be sober. The meetings were boring to me. I did not understand what they were talking about. I wanted it to be over so I could leave. The room was very smoke filled. Like a bar. In the 1970's, smoking was allowed inside the meeting.

11 years of meds for my health. Anemia, headbanger headaches. A few blackouts in the sun. A few at home. Dropping to the floor for no reason. One time I fell off my exercise bike and sprain my finger.
I really do feel great! It is best I have ever felt. This year has been good for me. I am glad I can exercise everyday. I do not miss a day unless I am in the hospital. On vacation I take my dumbbells with me. There are gyms at the hotels. I don't care to use them.

Sobriety is still not a easy feat! For a newly sober person. I know it is hard. The cravings are tough. So very strong to resist. Your body wants that alcohol right now.
Two major causes of physical addiction.Your cells adapt to alcohol. and your body has a problem with alcohol metabolism.

I am listening to the television as I type this.
A newscaster just said that Alcohol Helps Kill 2.8 Million Globally Each Year.
I will end my post right here. Enjoy your weekend! Alcohol Free 4164 days.

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8/18/18 10:47 A

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Hi LATI team,
Today I have 6,000 days sober. Always focus on the positive. Life is always better without alcohol.
Big Hug to you all today!

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