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My first impression of Dan is of this thirty-something ‘Aussie Larrikin’ that oozes a ton of charm and guess what? That impression did not change over the course of the interview. Dan really is an ‘Aussie Larrikin’; yet he’s also filled with a sense of determination to better himself, the ability to have hope against insurmountable odds, a high level of resilience and the will to, as he says, “put one foot in front of the other,” even on the dark days … and Dan has had many of these.
He has attempted suicide countless times.
He has been homeless in every capital city in Australia.
He has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorder and mild schizophrenia.
He has ridden a harrowing rollercoaster ride of alcohol and drug addiction.
His negative thinking has become his reality.
He has Dyslexia.
He has vision challenges.
However, Dan’s dark days have begun to lighten thanks to the meaningful relationships he has developed with Partners in Recovery Facilitator Nicola Wright from Aftercare and Mark from Drug Arm.
Now Dan has accommodation.
Now Dan takes medication to manage his mental health issues.
Now Dan desires to control the alcohol and drug addiction.
Now Dan’s negative thinking doesn’t become his reality.
Now The Serenity Prayer that is tattooed on his chest pretty much sums up where he is in his life.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
Written by Duane William Katene
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