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LIFE AND DEATH

Posted by Cate
Cate
Cate Stevens. Founder of Addictionland.com, has over fifteen years of recovery f
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At 47, my cousin teeters between life and death as he lays in a hospital bed in critical condition. The heart surgeon said his endocarditis is the "worst case" he ever treated. According to the physician, my cousin didn't take proper care of his teeth. As a result, an infection from his mouth entered his bloodstream and ate away half of his heart. Still, a miracle was performed through the physician's hands as he stitched my cousins heart back together and gave him another shot at life.

Like me, my cousin spent most of his life struggling with personal demons and compulsions. He suffered in silence. Listening to family members close to him, I learned about his isolation, despair and low self esteem. I remembered the time in my life when I felt I did not deserve the best attention. I remember the time in my life when my unyielding insecurities rotted my insides.

Like my cousin, I once sat at death's door uncertain of the outcome. Like my cousin, I wanted to live but didn't know how. I had to learn to put first things first. Like the surgeon who had to repair my cousin's heart first so he could attempt to save the other organs in his body, I had to stop drinking and drugging first so I could learn a better way to live.

Best,

Increase

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Cate Stevens. Founder of Addictionland.com, has over fifteen years of recovery from food, drug, alcohol, cigarette and unhealthy relationship addiction. Cate’s approach to recovery is based on the 12 steps, as well the practice of spiritual principles, exercise, good nutrition, and meditation. Cate’s personal, ongoing recovery process has benefited tremendously from the free sponsorship of other women.



Cate has successfully coached hundreds of women to develop specific, daily action plans to support their personal and professional goals. Cate majored in journalism and communications and is the author of "Addictionland: Key Lessons from My Rollercoaster Ride to Freedom from Food, Drug, Alcohol, Cigarette and Unhealthy Relationship Addiction", a series of powerful vignettes.



As a motivational speaker, educator and coach, Cate is highly effective and inspirational. Cate leverages her experience from premier sales, management and leadership training programs to teach her clients how to be sober, productive and fulfilled.

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