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Congatulations EvolverU! One Year Clean!!!

So, this post is approximately 40 hours early since officially her 1 year isn't until Christmas Day but I thought I would post it early from a strategical standpoint as I want as many Med Helpers to partake in this celebration as possible. I figured there wouldn't be that much traffic on the forum Christmas Eve and Day and wanted Annie to get the full props she deserves.

Congratulations my dear friend. You are beyond amazing in my books. We have many things in common...good and bad. Ive watched you overcome a lot this past year but to be honest...there was never really any doubt in my mind that you would. You are a very strong and smart person. Your presence on the forum is felt by many. I know you dont post as much any more because of work....but when you do, everybody benefits from what you have to say. Personally, Ive always enjoyed reading your posts. They are always heartfelt and accompanied wisdom. You take your time and listen to what people have to say and respond in kind instead of making it about you. SELFLESS! I appreciate you. I look forward to learning more from you. I hope you do something special not just today but everyday because because your a special kinda person.

In honor of your 1 year clean and your daily songs, Id like to present you with this jukebox. This is my gift to you. Now, all you have to do is convince MH to let you install it and you can charge a quarter per song. :)

(P.S. When are we going trainspotting again?)

Love ya!


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1970885 tn?1435860428
What can I say that hasn't already been said? I am very proud of you. One year is a tremendous accomplishment, especially considering the never-ending fight we are engaged in. Granted, some days are better than others, but the specter of our addiction never leaves us.  
Your posts are filled with caring and insight beyond your years. You have become a very special part of the forum. And although it isn't clear or obvious at first, you have helped so many.
Thank you. Congratulations. Now - off to year number two!!
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Hey Annie! I am so stoked I was able to actually get here just in time! Congratulations, my friend! A whole flipping year clean and sober! You are a miracle, especially knowing what a tremendously tough year this would have been even on a "normie", let alone one of us. Most would have failed, stumbled, but you stayed the course, and you will reap the rewards. You are an amazing person, and such a strong voice around here, and I am so proud of you. I don't know about you, but a year clean seemed completely out of the realm of possibility for me not too terribly long ago. You made it, and it is so awesome!!!! Yay, Annie!
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Laurel ;-) Thanks go much. (She said kinda' shyly)
Don't know you as well as I'd like to but like your posts & won't soon forget our conversation (you, me & Ang) re: Italian butt-pinching on status or your BEAUTIFUL/thoughtful post on my original thread for Digger.  ;-)) Merry Christmas, my friend!

To Sonrissa, Mommymarie, Cork, kbusymon & Lizzbuzz, It tells me so much about each of you that you chose (out of the generostiy/kindness of your hearts!) to post on a relative stranger's 1 year.)  For those of you who posted on my on my other recent thread -- I up the ante & give you Double Gratitude! ;-) May All Good Things Come Your Way In 2014 -- Stick W/ it!!

Gnarly -- Forum Leader! Dude!! Thanks so much ;-)) I'll do my absolute best to stick w/ i t! (Happy New Years to you & yours.)

Meegs -- mentioned you at the top of this but ...I know you've had a rough year too. (maybe more so than me -- {who the heck can judge these things & who would want to, eh?) but I want to thank you for all the care & fun you've thrown my way since almost the beginning !! -- All's I can say at this point is "Kurt On, My Friend -- Kurt On -- [but w/o the sorrow..]"

Jenelle: How Kool are you? (Seriously!) You've managed to consistently hit my 'celebratory' threads though I've rarely seen you post. Thank you -- It made me Grin when I saw  your 'handle'/avatar on this thread. I hope you & yours are having a splendid Holiday Season!

Atthebeach: Debbie, I just wamted tp wish you & yours (& everyone that you work with -- really admire that,. btw!) -- a joyous season & an healthy & prosperous New Year! Thanks for all you do, here.

Lastly, (& this took me hours to write -- I kept getting called away! [lovely, by such great grout of  people -- been too isolated for to long ;-) Bless my family -- I'm so damn lucky...

Anyway, back to the top -- Evan & All : coupla' songs I'd like to play (thanks for the Wurlitzer, btw!! [really, really hoping it's a Wurliter..]

Here are my one year selections:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=tF9Y-s0lXuI#t=8

'I WON'T LET ME'  --  THE DESCENDENTS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=tF9Y-

s0lXuI#t=8

While you are away I'm waiting
I'm out of my mind you're out of town
You know I'm no stranger to frustration
I won't break I won't let you down
Cause I know right from wrong
And I know I can be strong
You know I won't let me let you down
I look back on my past, I'm dirty
I know that guy would always let you down
But while I am away don't worry
Just keep your faith in me and have no doubt
Cause I know right from wrong

And I know I can be strong
If there's no lying then there's no crying
Arrive in your own time stay patient
You know I won't let me let you down
(I'm waiting)
You know I won't let me let you down
(You know I won't let me waiting)
You know I won't let me let you down
(You know I won't let me)
Won't let myself be led into temptation
It's you and me nobody else allowed
Well you know I'm no stranger to frustration
Just keep your faith in me and have no doubt
Cause I know right from wrong
And I know I can be strong
If there's no lying there's no crying
Arrive in your own time stay patient
You know I won't let me let you down
(I'm waiting)
You know I won't let me let you down
(You know I won't let me, I'm waiting)
You know I won't let me let you down
(You know I won't let me)
You know I won't let me let you down (3X)



'';-)))))))) THANK YOU MH!! I'M FOREVER GRATEFUL!! ;-))))

& IF I MISSED ANYONE -- WOE BETIDE ME & A;L APOLOGIES.

With a full heart,
Annie
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Hell Yeah!  ;-)))))))

How Awesome was this to wake up to??!!  Merry, Merry Christmas to you, my friends!

Evan -- I knew you'd do a great job &  YOU DID (way good..) (I Truly Thank You [oh-most-respected one.]) ;-)

First, I want to give each & every one of you a Big Hug of Thanks, Solidarity & (most importantly!) Love!!

I know that I didn't respond to my last post/first post about 3/4's of a month ago (as I was struck by Meeg's comment not to do so & I recognized the truth of it.. [It was hard not to but I do believe she had a point about me ;-)] Ha! ;-)

I spent an hour or so today meditating & in the moments that my brain was in 'monkey mind' (meaning while I was thinking & not in pure contemplative prayer -- [the goal is not to think at all]) -- I reviewed this past year, piece by piece - hardship & triumph in their turns. It spurred me to  review a representative slew of  emails & PM's. What I came away with is how much RICHER I am for the Creative Force guiding me to this site. For my more agnostic friends , I'll assert/indeed reiterate, that I have little to no memory of the first 20 days after my detox -- My first clear memory (for real!) was of finding my self posting on this site. (I still have the date as someone was good enough to reach out to me & send an 'invite' & I thank that person -- as always ;-))))))))

I don't want to review, here -- don't want to talk about the horribly grotesque, cruel & trans -formative year that I'm wrapping up.  I want all of MH to know that this year is  something that's irrevocably changed me (in several ways)  I want you ALL to know that I refuse to regret a thing. What is done is done. Where we go from here, how we incorporate this is what counts ! - (and 'Hey!' if anyone new is reading this, PLEASE!! understand that I'm not talking about the actual detox but simply the way that Karma & the Universe rolled with me! I My (extremely sage advice is: 'Hang In There & Keep Posting! ;-) It's worth it. You're worthit!

Anyway, I just wanted to let all of you kn

I just checked into MH a couple hours ago from my sister's place in NH. Seeing your responses made me feel like I was home. It was so grounding & reassuring. I'm not a good enough writer (no poet, I) to explain the warmth, conviction & peace that it made me feel as I scrolled through this thread. Right now I'm sitting in my sister's basement/playroom/workshop[/gym,. etc. (crazy maze it 'tis & markedly colder than the rest of the house.) trying to concentrate  in order to write this. Everyone else is watching 'Polar Express' upstairs. (It was way to loud & distracting to be able to think & write properly -- So, (happiest of grins), here I sit writing to the people who I've come to love so much. (& that's not forum hot air, btw!~)

A couple of notes:

How Kool are you Ric, VIC, Weaver & Evan for bumping this up?? Yeah, Ric -- Just wanted to confirm that we all stood out on the deck for said missile -- Carolin\e, (my sister [such an Awesome human being -- {all my training !}-- but w/o my f'ucked-upedness, of course] pointed out the 'Made in China' label as it sizzled out of commission. & outta' sight. It WAS sighted though -- signed 'Delusionally, Sigh'  'Twas a big deal for me. Thanks, &  Love, ;-)))))))))))))))

Particular Notes: Lesa: Your Post on both this thread & the last makes me so grateful to be on the same forum with you. I know that you've Truly been through it but maintain dignity & spirit. I know that you're going through constant difficulty but I want you to know that you've helped me so much (YES!) -- I think about you often & you're always in my meditations/prayers. Thankls!

Dominosarah! Yup, I understand your concerns & believe me when I tell you that nothing is lost on me. I've listened to you every step of the way & have deep respect for what you've accomplished against great odds. I love you for this & for all you do here. I welcome your help!!

VIC: How can I thank you for being -- YOU? ;-) You're just the best & I love you. Thank your (through it all!) Love you.

Ben, Ric, Ang & Dig -- (In order of appearance (smile)-- you know how I feel. Words simply fail...........:-))))))))))))))))))))) I Love You.

Connie: HUGE respect & gratitude to you for all the care & thougbhtfullnes -- the leadership & incredible example you're given me & everyone else on on this forum (you master poster, you.) Helluva' year, eh? YES (Hi-Five to both of use & everyone else..)

Ang, Digger, Ben, : See your emails over the months. All of you know (I hope! That not only would I not be clean right now but that you've all been invaluable friends/compatriots! This is our year. I hope I can give back a fraction of what you've given & shared with me. !!

I'd like to add a particular thanks to Toothie & OpenMind -- You guys have been just...so amazing on forum & it's been a real honor having the privilege of having you both in my life. You've been an inspiration & I know you will go on to do so for many. Thank you for all your canniness & kindness!

For Heather & ROSY: Christmas Greetings! (You 'Bright Young Things',. You) I couldn't be prouder of the 'New Guar'd, here -- [@ least in terms of the year I've been here! {I'm sure the more august members have seen so many come & go! ;-)}]) Anyway, I celebrate your clean time today & am dead proud of you both. Thanks for all your kindness  & support!!

For my man WalkTall -- Yup. I hear you:! : 'Love thyself properly before your neighbor & this shall be the start of the law.....' ;-) A recreation for the sake of recovery-speak.  May the Creative Force Bless you & yours, Grasshopper! ;-)

Speaking of Which -- While I'm riffing on spirituality, Tony  I just wanted to say that   you've been a Tremendous (& patient!) Friend. You're one of the folks that made me feel SO @ home here. As you know, you're unique & talk to you about things/beliefs/feelings that just don't seem to fit/belong anywhere else. It's been an enlightening gift having you as a friend. zzyou're also tremendously loyal & non-judgmental. There's NOTHING I value more than that. ;-))))))

Nursegirl! (So very Good! to see you ;-) It meant a lot (& was way stabilizing/ soothing) to see your 'handle' & your lovely comment on this thread. Much apprediated -- made me feel terrific! All Good Things To You & Yours in 2014

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Did you see your rocket Annie ?     Those no neck swindlers told me they launched it
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Happy Birthday and a Merry Christmas <3

Thank you for being the inspiration you are and I pray you have many many more years to come Yah rock on.
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Happy Birthday!! One Year Today!!!  Merry Christmas too!!
We love U!!
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Congrats, beautiful soul, on your mark :)... keep walking !
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Congratulations Annie!!! One year clean, and on Christmas Day!  Knowing your story, you've come a long way from many years of opiates and you're a living miracle. You display to the new addict who comes on here out of desperation what is really possible. May you have many more years of wonderful freedom!
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Congrats Annie I Year !! Whoo Hoooo This is just Wonderful. I hope you are doing something extra special just for yourself today. You Deserve it ! lesa
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Congrats on your 1 yr!!  My advice is to remember to keep YOU as the No1 priority~
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WAHOO YOU!!!!  365 Big'uns!!!!  What a Christmas present to yourself!!!!

I picture you today at your sister's...getting some MUCH NEEDED skin on love!!  Cherishing each and every moment with your sis' kiddos and seeing everything with a clarity you've not had for over 30 years!!  I couldn't be prouder of you, Annie.  I know you're soakin it up...and should you get a peek at your laptop....you'll feel all our MH love today too.  If not, it'll be here just waiting for ya!

I went back and read some of our communca from last March!!  Whoa baby....we've come so far.  You told me back then you were out to prove all the naysayers wrong....nobody thought you could kick...and look at you now!!!  One thing in particular you said you had learned and were going to do..."stop focusing on your symptoms and focus on others w/compassion."
And YOU DID...and YOU HAVE!!!  Learning to find some balance....going back to work in a totally new field....overcoming huge obstacles...you've been such a joy to watch bloom, Annie girl~

So, since ABN gave me a juke box to play....Ima gonna pick selection "B1"
B.......words for YOU......  (In order to have a friend...B1).....LOL

Bighearted....Beautiful...Brilliant....Believe....Breathe....Blaze...Beloved..
....Better....Befriend....and Blessed~

So, on that note ♫♫....I'll leave you with an "Annie-ism"......

"All good things your way"........

Much love,
Connie
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Congratulations Annie!!!  I've always looked up to you as "Coach" or "Master Po," for helping me prepare for detox, get through hell-week, and stay focused on recovery (6-months clean, now).  You've helped so many folks on MH.  

Budda says-

"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”

Don't forget to love yourself, especially today, Annie. You have a special spirit about you; compassionate, smart, and sincere.  There's no limit to what you can accomplish.

Soldier on, Coach.

- Grasshopper
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It's official, all four seasons, 13 passes of the moon, 12 Gregorian months, one spiral of Mayan time, you have been a new person free of drugs. Thanks for giving yourself and us that Christmas gift. It has been a pleasure knowing you for our first year of friendship, friendship is forever, what a gift.
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HOW AWESOME to have your sobriety birthday on CHRISTmas!!! I hope that you are feeling BLESSED today Annie!!
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Happy 1 year clean Annie and merry Christmas.
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Now Ric that is toooooo FUNNY!!! If you shoot it to the North, North, West..I hope I can see it..Make sure it is not snowing..lol
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I bought it on the internet. I hope I didn't get ripped off
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Annie I purchased a small rocket that is to be shot into space on the moment of your one year clean.  You need to look up to the north north west at said moment to see it. I hope it is not cloudy out so you can get the full benefit of this .  
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What song ya got playing on the juke box girl????
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We'll....we are 16 hours away from your 1 year. This has been a great sober party Annie! Just want to congratulate you again!
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My dear Annie, I am so freaking proud of you!!! You have made it through the year from hell and done it with style and grace. A Merry Christmas, a Happy one year, and a Happy, peaceful, and prosperous New Year to you! I can't begin to tell you how much your support and love have meant to me. You are the best sis! Love you!!
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Congratulations Annie on 1 year clean!! Totally awesome...I can't wait to get there. You must feel on top of the world!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!!  Great work!!  I hope Santa brings you something extra special this year under the tree!!
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High five Annie and a big congrats on your one year anniversary.
hold your head high and continue to walk the recovery road with patience.
well done.
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