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2008 Story #3 РA Hero’s Tale

To understand fully why I feel so strongly about my "hero", you need to have a thumbnail sketch of the 34 years that preceded the most important phone call I have ever made.

I have been suicidal every day of those 34 years, and have attempted twice; never able to sustain work; angry and abusive to all of the people I have loved; bisexual (not by choice, but without choice); spent 10 months in prison and 5 years on parole for crimes which I committed, but never knew why; bi-polar, manic depressive and diagnosed ADHD. I had no hope whatsoever in my heart for a fulfilling and happy life, and in a crowded room, I felt completely alone.

In one phone call, which took nearly an hour because I simply could not stop talking, my "hero" helped to give me a foundation upon which I stand to this day. My first call to David Clohessy gave me hope. His advice gave me a direction in which to turn, and SNAP gave me the comfort that allowed me to feel less alone than I've ever felt before. SNAP is a Godsend, and I am very grateful to the organization, but make no mistake about it... SNAP is a Godsend, and I am very grateful to the organization, but make no mistake about it...David is my HERO. In him, I feel that I have found not just a friend, but a friend that knows exactly how I feel. Thanks SNAP, for being there, and David, for the gifts of understanding and compassionate care. You are this man's hero!

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