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11 Months Clean Today!
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11 Months Clean Today!

Almost a year ago I went through detox hell. Hard to believe.
I want to encourage new people to stick with it. So many posts talk about life after meds...how can I ever be happy or have energy or feel the natural high of everyday living. Fear of being without the medicated false sense of well being is crippling. I am here to tell you life without pills is wonderful.
I've re connected with one of my loves - riding motorcycles. I can't explain the joy - the rush - I get riding along a country road. And I'd bet almost everyone has a passion that they've set aside for their addiction - running, stamp collecting, re building old cars, dancing...You name it, most of us have a source of happiness (besides family and friends) that, while using, seemed mundane - boring even.
Anyway, I'll stop my babbling. I've been enjoying myself so much and want to let others know that everything is possible when you're clean.
Thanks to everyone...Over and over again.
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congrats!!  and thanks so much for sharing this!!!  that's an awesome time clean!  i'm at 17 days and just went back to work after being off 2 wks.....was only half day but it was rough...but i did it!  seeing posts like this make it easier to stay on track!  thank you!!  
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I remember your post last week about returning to work. I'm so glad it went well...And it gets better. You will be amazed at what you can get done when your mind isn't in a fog. Excellent.
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So great to hear posts like these especially when Im having my struggles!! It reminds me that this life IS possible!! congrats on 11 months!!! You are such a huge supporter to others, so Thank you!!
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Congratulation s Kyle! I am so very happy for you and proud of you. You are a warm and welcome addition to the community. Keep it going and stick around.
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Thanks to all...I've felt a bit guilty because I spent very little time on the forum in the month of November (got my bike November 5th - go figure). But I'm back; I have to be. I need this place, and can think of no where else I'd rather post my one year mark coming up in January.  Plus the weather is getting bad so I can't ride as much - there's that.
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Hi Kyle , 11 months clean and spending your money on a bike not pills , Spending your day rideing the roads not chaseing the pills .
Great post , Ride Ride Ride ... Ron
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"CELEBRATE......CELEBRATE......DANCE TO THE MUSIC!!!!!!!"
Okay, so you can't hear me singin to you.......HAPPY 11 BIG MONTHS!!

You were in betwn 7 and 8 mos when I found this forum at about 55 days clean myself. After I stumbled thru using a computer again after 4 yrs and learned how to get around this forum, you were one of the very first people that posted to me.  I will never forget you because of that and because you stood out from others.  I loved your directness and the way you didn't pamper and sugar coat this fight for our lives!  You've been thru alot yourself since then and you are still direct and honest, albeit you have a new gentleness about you.

That new bike of yours???  I left you a note Nov 2nd about that beautiful machine and you say you got it Nov 5th???  So is that pic on your profile while you were still window shopping?  Hahaha!!   So glad to hear about your regenerated love and the wind on your face.  I always wanted to go cross country on a bike......gettin a little old for that idea now, tho'... LOL!

Lastly, let me say the 3 things that you have always shared that are critical for success......I've been thinking about that today and playin my weird "word games" with them trying to simplify them into a ditty. Ha!
So, if you don't mind, I'm gonna call them "The 3 S's"......Sources, Sharing, Support = Success   What do ya think?  Versus these 3 S's:  slipping, secrets and solitude???  I know, I'm weird, but weird is good Hahahaha!
Bunches of blessings to you, Kyle~  
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Great job! I am only on day 28 but am proud of that! Hopefully I will be bragging like you in 10 months! You are awesome!
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Kyle,,you hold a special place in my heart. You came here around the same time I did last year. Ive seen you struggle and Ive seen you just blow this outta the water! Congrats friend! ((hugs))~kitty
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Congrats Kyle
You sure are winning.
I pray that I can stay strong and post this in 10 1/2 months.
Great to hear you will be back on the forum as you have been missed.
I'm going to need you here to keep me strong.
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I'm getting tears in my eyes. I don't have words to express my thanks.
And clean_in_ks - the three Ss.  Excellent. I see a bumper sticker...
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thanks Kyle.....sweet of you to remember my post....just hoping some day i can say 11 months clean!!  thats so awesome!  great looking bike too  :)
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OK...Kyle!  Good idea!!  But since you have the money to promote and market that idea..... and I don't.......you'll have to "cut me in".  Deal???:):)
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Congrats to you My Friend Be very proud of yourself!
Life is Good for you and I am so glad to see you posting this It lets everyone know that Life does get better one day at a time and look you are at 11 months WHEWT WHEWT!  Doing my Happy dance!
You have always been a Big part of my support on here and for many others also. Thank you! For the Bottom of my heart!
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Congrats on 11 months! So happy for you! You're an important member of this community and have helped many of us, hope you stick around :)
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Congratulations Kyle! 11 months is simply amazing! I am certainly not as creative or eloquent in my words, as some of us are, so I just simply want to say that it's wonderful that you are so happy, and I thank you for all the words of wisdom and support you give!

All the very best to you and your family!
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Well hello my friend!  YAY you!  11 months...are you gaining on me?  That's awesome about the motorcycles.  How about the music?  I'm so proud of you Kyle.  Keep moving forward with that joy in your heart!
xo
Lu
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Great!!!  I'm proud of you!  : ) Congrats.......
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Congratulations sir, and I'm looking forward to seeing your post in a month!
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Congrats on 11 months kyle!  You have worked hard for this and it is paying off.  I too got back into motorcycling again and had some great trips this summer.  It is a freedom that is hard to put into words.  If you ever see someone that looks like Mary Poppins make sure you give me a wave!
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FANTASTIC.BIG NUMBER.SOOO PROUD
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Sarah- I have this funny image in my head of Mary Poppins on a bike. Umbrella and all.

Kyle- this is a wonderful post. Congrats on 11/12 of a year!!
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Thanks to all, and now on to the big 1 year...
Sarah - I will be looking for you this summer. And if you see someone smiling from ear to ear, bugs in teeth, that will probably be me.
Lulu - I'm so glad to hear from you. You were one of the first to help get me moving, which allowed me to pull myself up...Thank you. Hope you're doing well.
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This is so nice to read. I wonder every day if I will feel normal again. This gives me hope. Thank you!
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bugs in teeth!!!  lol
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I wondered the same thing - for years. One day I watched my wife and her mom put together a jigsaw puzzle, laughing and talking and enjoying hours together...A jigsaw puzzle!  At that point I envied them but was quite certain that I could never get to that point. How wrong I was.
Give it time; you will be amazed at the changes and at how the simple things in life can bring you true joy and contentment. I promise.  
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