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The Bravest Thing I’ve Ever Done — 44 Comments

  1. Good for you and you should definitely be proud that you made it out the other end of your addictions so much the better for it. I dated someone back in the day, who had both drug and alcohol addictions. He tried rehab a few times and still went back to his previous addictions. I loved him, but eventually I couldn’t stand by and be an enabler. So, I do from this experience first hand how addictions can ruin people and relationships, too. Thank you for sharing this here with us and for linking up again this week!!
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  2. Natalie, you’re absolutely 100% amazing.

    Have you come across the blog ‘Momastery’? The writer, Glennon, is the only other person I’ve come across than you who has written about ‘feeling things too much’ and being destroyed by them. I think she also struggled with alcohol. She writes most beautifully (as do you) and her story might interest you.

    I’m so pleased you have been able to be brave, and share your story and your wonderful person through your writing.
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  3. Very well said, and something to think about. You always hear “One day at a time” and specifically relate it to the source of the addiction, but it really goes beyond that to “fighting through the fear,” etc. Kudos to your for your accomplishments. And by the way, I’d be OK with a spider, but if it was a roach, you’d have to peel me off the ceiling!! 😉
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  4. You are so brave. My brother is a recovering alcoholic (sober for 17 years now I think). I know it’s not easy. You wrote about your feelings and courage so beautifully. I commend you for not only coming out of your entire experience alive, but for being able to share it so eloquently. Thank you for that.
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  5. {I too freak out about spiders or any type of creepy-crawly}. You are so brave…. I think it is so hard for people in our society to admit addiction, so I applaud you for sharing your story so honestly and openly. I love how you describe that it is brave not just to get help, but to live without drinking every day. I guess I’ve always thought about getting help as the brave step, but you’ve made me see it as an every day act of courage. So beautifully written.
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  6. This was a beautiful and honest post, Natalie. Except the first sentence is wrong. You *are* a terribly brave person. You are being yourself and you are living sober; that is terribly, wonderfully brave.
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  7. That is an amazing story, Natalie. I had all these smart-ass things to write about us having things in common in terms of a lack of courage, how much I freak out over bugs, and how much you would have hated the crowded school BBQ I attended tonight (as I very much hated it…)

    And then I kept reading and was rendered speechless. True bravery. That’s what you illustrated with this post. You astonish me.
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  8. It’s super super hard to live without our masks, whether that mask is an attitude we’ve adopted or alcohol. And addiction is so misunderstood. Your true friends are the ones who will get it or even the ones who won’t get it and love you anyway.
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  9. Just wanted to say that I am so glad to have found your blog all those months ago. You inspire and encourage me. You have a beautiful gift and a rare strength. Don’t ever give up, God has great things in store for you. 🙂
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