A new blog I’m posting with Metro Community, all true, inspiring and surprising stories about real people. Starting with their names!

holding out hope

Diane Larsback is a proud First Nations woman; her people are Cree and Iroquois. She is a survivor and a poet.  For many years she struggled with her addictions and lived rough on the street.  She told us this powerful story of kindness shown by two complete strangers which became one such incident that eventually convinced her to seek her recovery and healing.


I dimly remember crawling out from underneath a bridge in Kelowna where I had spent a hellish night trying to stay warm while my body and mind cried out for alcohol.

By this stage in my addiction i was drinking to keep “the shakes” away and anyone who knows how this feels knows it is as close to death as one can get.

This particular morning happened to be Christmas. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find any stores open so i could steal…

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