(As spoken at today’s meeting. March 15, 2016 – Noon.
The Huddle on Goldfinch, San Diego, CA)
- Thank you Anna… There is no one better to have done this today. Your guidance has shaped me. Any time I had questions, needed a reading, needed advice… You are always there. You are one of the most kindest, gentle and extraordinary people I am honored to call my “person”.
- Mom, Sitsi Angela and Parino Joe… I just can’t make amends enough..
- Mitch, you saved my life. #BestPrivateNurseEVER!!!
- My family. You are #Everything!
It’s not as rare anymore, being rather speechless, but I really, honestly, have nothing to say…
Except, I will say this, Humbly. To everyone here at The Huddle and those not able to be at this meeting..
Your support and love, all of the things I have done this past year. I didn’t know I needed all that support until I truly realized I needed it. If you call upon, the answers will make themselves known.
It’s not just my sobriety.
All of you have helped me accept my new journey, my life diagnosis. You have taught me how to not avoid. How to define avoidance and what it means to have acceptance and freedom from avoidance. And friendship. True, real, friendships. New and old.
And when I have or have tried, you helped me change that defect. You all hold me accountable. I have learned to replace the negative with positivity.
I am forever grateful and truly humbled. From then, now and the future. God Bless you all, I love you.
With deep humility in my heart and soul,
P. S., See, I told you Dr. Michel Mendler, Dr. Alexander Kuo, Dr. Sathya Pokala, Dr. Irine Vodkin, Dr. Yuko Kono, Dr. Albert Ding, Dr. Joshua Rubin, Dr. Sheri Rosen, and especially my Psychiatrist, Dr. Kurtis Linderman (feel very sorry and please pray for this kind man for listening to my malaise) and all the many nurses (especially you, Joanie Salotti – knock knock… I’m talking ’bout you Joanie… We have some pickle to eat!!) and support staff at Grossmont and my beloved UCSD Hepatology and Liver Transplant Departments. I did it and will continue to do so! #LifeChange #NeverStopWorking