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The Recovery March

We gathered together
Numbers great;
To march,
Not in protestation,
But celebration.

Will made ourselves visible,
To the public world.
No shame involved.
We declared; who we are.
People of an illness.

We suffer the same as others,
But; in a chronic state.
No cure, only a daily reprieve.
All because, we came to believe.
In a power greater than thee.

We drew attention,
To our illness, not a lack;
Of moral fibre.
Of moral character.
We are sick who have triumphed.

Arriving at our destination,
We revelled in celebration;
We had succeeded
In our challenge, to show;
Ourselves to the world proudly.

Thank you to all who came;
You showed no shame,
In your illness; showed prided
And power to manage;
Our terrible affliction.

©James Walford 2013

Thank You

A special thank you to:

David Bean, Bryan Meloy, Liz, Pauline, Howard, Sean & all my friends at (Independence Trust) & (C.I.S)

Gwen Bridges, Helen Mcilvany, Neil Jennings, Sarah Welch, Tony Gardiner, Louise, Robyn & all at: Countywide Specialist Substance Misuse Service

Philip Trenchard, Jo Bell,
Lou, Matthew, Trudy, Ian,
Stan, Frankie, Fiona,
ETE Staff, Toni, Silvana,
L
ucy, Beanie
and everybody associated with The Nelson Trust

Pat Bugler, Mellisa, Val, John & the staff at Westcliff House

Dr D P Knight Rosebank Surgery
Dr Waldon Rowcroft Medical Center
Dr D Kempson Locking Hill Surgery

More special thanks to:

Nick Kelly
Phil (thrasher), Shar (misfit)
Helen (livin' life clean),
Clayton (the driver),
Sheena(the voice),
Jacky N,
Mandy M, Laura, Isis. Sam,
Anne T, 
Dean. Alicia, 
Tiffany. Darren,

Andy (west ham), 
Mark (london), Vikki, Chris,
Charlie. Ed (spurs). Jane. Jo
Karen V. Maureen. Nick
Sharon (surrey). Steph. Rick,
Steve (Tetbury), Gill (Stroud
)

Sam, Dave, Andy, Phil, Steve, Jackie, Dean, Nera, and Essex Girl (Westcliffe House) 2005... and many more.


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