Not many people can say they are grateful for knowing they need kidney surgery. However, those of us in recovery have a unique opportunity to be grateful for the “seemingly bad” episodes in life, knowing in advance that our Higher Power is always working on our behalf.
Last month I went to my doctor for a routine exam, and a strange abnormality was detected in my kidney. After several tests, the only way to save my kidney was to have surgery. At first, I was angry and scared. I experienced self-pity for about six hours. A group of my sober sisters gathered and let me cry and release the frustration. Yet by the next day, I was on my knees thanking my Higher Power for the coincidental discovery of this problem, since I had no symptoms. By the way, I believe that coincidence is God’s way of staying anonymous. So not only did I “accidentally” discover a potentially dangerous health problem, I received a grant from the hospital, which covered the surgery and hospital stay. When I woke up from surgery, one of my dearest AA friends was sitting by my side. From the recovery room, I was taken to what I thought was a suite at the Four Season Hotel. My room had a lounge area, bathroom with separate dressing room, and a city view. “Your angels are letting you know that you are loved and taken care of,” said my dear pal Jim.
Sometimes we hear news we would rather not hear. But my experience in AA is that there is nothing that comes my way without a reason, and that the solution is always better than what I could possibly imagine. Thank you to my Higher Power, skilled doctors, loving friends, and 12 steps that help me to navigate the ebb and flow of life’s tide.Share post