I found this forum in 2005 +/- a year or so. I came looking for answers, encouragement not sure I knew what I was looking for. I surrendered my liscence in 2002 following my Federal incarceration for drug related charges and at the end of my rope with a terrible meth addiction. This year is my 10 yr clean anniversary! I have been reading through post both old and new and see my self in so many. I have been working in a non-nurisng job for the last 7 yrs. During this time I have re-established my self worth, worked out my sobriety and have experience my life restorted one clean step at a time. I found my strength in none other Jesus without whom I would never have made it this far. I have also found Celebrate Recovery a christ centered support group. Through my envolement with this group I gained the courage to take the step to submit my application for re-instatement. The process of obtaining the letters and support documentation really opened my eyes to the changes for the good my life has taken. I don't know what the out come will be but just this step alone is such a victory in my life. I love nursing with all my heart and have never lost the desire. I just want to encourge others to never give up. No matter what the outcome I am already a winner, My life has been completely restored my nursing liscence is the final peace of the puzzle. I will surely share what ever the out come is. I had a Charge nurse share with me she had hired a nurse with the same background that I have and she never regreted it. one of the best nurses she ever had working for her. Just that ray of hope that it is possible gave me the motivation to see this through.
Thanks for letting me share