About me so you know who your dealing withby Christopher Shaddock Wellness Enthusiast/Entrepreneur
Hello everyone. Hope all is well with you. I am writing this article to tell ou a little more about me. For those of you who have looked at my profile you know I am fom Boston, I met my wife(who is from Iceland) there when I came home frm active duty. I was serving in Germany. After my time in iraq (2 years) she wanted to stay in her country of Iceland.(Her and our daughter came back here when I left for Iraq.) I have been living here for 4 years now.
It has been an emotional roller coaster for us the past ywo years. We separated for those two years because of my drinking, I did not admit that I had a problem and the fact that I did not admit that after coming from Iraq and the things I have seen and had to do left me a little unstable. I forced things back to the way yhey were before I left. I didnt admit that nothing was wrong with me from that but there was. It was an extremely hard time over there and I had changed.
Anyway, back in March I came to terms that I did have a drinking problem and it felt like the world was lifted off of my shoulders. I have been to a therapist ever since to get all of the pent up emotion from my drinking and why and from Iraq. My wife forgave me because she saw what was going on and was worried for me even though we were separated. She needed me to cmoe forward with it and I did.
So in April we got back together only to find out that her son was diagnosed with acute leukimia and that same day he was diagnosed I lost an uncle to cancer.....that same day. It was ahrd because I was not able to attend the services, but I called my family after the services and that helped a great deal. So now we have to be separate AGAIN. They have been in the hospital on the west coast of Iceland and I am back on the east coast with our other children, and working full time(hours had to change because normally I work shifts).
So working fulltime, my online networking, worrying about my stepson and being strong for my wife and kids, and dealing with my drinking problem (sober 7 months on Oct 15th) I have had my moments when I wnated one but I look at my kids, talk to my wife and say to myself "I can't let them down again...not ever!"
So now I dive into online networking. I can't go to the gym and have clients just yet because I have no one to watch my kids several days a week, but I do write exercise programs for people and give them tips.
Some may be asking "Why is he telling us this?" Well....after follwing the twelve Step program that I received in AA, it (and admitting my problem) has helped me to be fully, and completely open about it, and if I am in a great socail network like APsense and dealing with people I figured everyone on here should know about me, fully!
I have nothing to hide. I have been given a second chance with my family and with life itself (A time when I was not going to make it) So now I am living life to the fullest! I do my yoga at home with my kids since I cannot make it to the gym, being on here meeting new people, making friends. I take nothing for granted anymore.
Thank you for your time, and thank you everyone for your friendship.
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