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The phone rang at a few minutes after 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. I didn’t recognize the number and have recently been barraged with opportunities to renew or change my Medicare plan, but I answered it anyway.

Many times, when I answer robot-calls there is a pause after I answer, and there was a pause. I was just getting ready to hang up and block another number when I voice asked, "Is Terry Kraus was there?"

With my robo-call mindset I indicated I was the aforementioned Mr. Kraus and who was I talking to. The response got my attention. “I am a blast from the past,” the male voice said. “Nearly 30 years from the past.”

He gave me his name, Ron R., and I remembered him immediately even though it had been a long time since we had any contact. Ron was an engineer for a railroad and lived in Nebraska. He had crossed paths with both Lori and I when he entered Valley Hope Treatment Center in O’Neill, Nebraska where Lori and I were both Chemical Dependency Counselors.

Ron was assigned my wife, Lori, as his primary counselor and I was assigned as his small group counselor.

He called to say that he was getting ready to celebrate 30 years of sobriety and that he felt like he wouldn’t have made it if it weren’t for Lori and I. He said that during treatment his goal was to die sober and never relapse and he, at least thru Sunday, had managed to keep that goal.

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