February 12, 2011

14 years of sobriety

Febuary 12 is a very special day for me and my family as I've been blessed with another year (14 years) of sobriety! It has not always been easy and the past couple of years with 2 knee replacements and 2 back surgeries I've been tested! But the good Lord has given me this incredible faith, my wife Jilly has been there every step of the way to make sure I didn't go backwards, my family and friends who have supported me from day one, the doctors who helped me through these past couple of years, to all of you and your prayers and well wishes, it really helps! The disease of addiction is like nothing else a person can go through. There are times when you wonder if you will ever get better, there are times when you think it would be better to go back to your old ways. This is the disease talking, it's always right there to jump on your back in the slightest moment of weakness. This is where your faith, your support system, your attitude, you remembering the hell you went through can really help! But know this, taking it " one day at a time" or even one minute at a time, you can get your life back and it can be better then ever before! Will it be easy? Are you kidding! It will be the hardest thing you ever do, but it's worth every ounce of energy you put into it! Thanks to all of you who support the Dick Beardsley Foundation, it is greatly appreciated! Take care and have a GREAT day!

Dick :-)

3 comments:

Stephani Shelton said...

Congratulations Dick; it's a greater achievement than your Marathon victories (and Boston near victory).But the two go hand in hand; the determination and discipline which drives a serious runner is the same will to accomplish goals and live life to its fullest that you used to stay "sober" all these years! And I see you're running again after the 2nd TKR; great motivation for former marathoners like me -- with just one TKR! Nothing can stop you Dick!

RawBodyGoddess said...

Congratuations! That is an awesome accompishment :)

jeanie said...

Your determination and strong will in the face of what you have overcome is inspiring! It sounds too simplistic to say that, no grand words, except YOU ROCK! Thanks for sharing your life and experiences, you never know who you are touching....