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Mark's New Life

Organized by: Mark Strait

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THE STORY:

In 1978 I was kicked out of BIOLA University for being gay. I was
devastated, and had no where to go. I ended on the streets of San
Francisco.

I was in and out of mental hospitals since I was 18. I had and still have
a mental illness.

I was young, I started drinking and drugging. My life was out of control
and remained in that stage until I had had enough. I had no hope, I
attempted suicide July 8, 2013.

I woke up three days later from a comma. I had been on life support and
the doctors were unsure if I would live, much less if I would have brain
damage. I did recover and spent weeks in the hospital recovering from the
effects of the overdose.

During this time my partner of 28 years told me not to come home. I had
no where to go, no car, and no money. I decided that my life was
unmanageable and I needed help.

I went to a treatment center in Portland Oregon. I was there for 32 days.
It was the longest time I had been sober since I was 18. I continued to
go to AA meetings, (at least one a day) for the next year. I stayed clean
and sober.

I have been left with an enormous amount of debt. I am trying to get out
of it, but it is holding me back. I recieve less than $1000 of disability
a month. I have just started a job but there are very limited hours and
it does not pay much. I once again need help.

I am not looking for much, just enough to pay for a bankruptcy.
Can you help me get a new start? I will be forever grateful.

Mark
One day at a time.

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