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Posted on:
Sat, 09/12/2017 - 09:00

Matt 24

Joined:
2012-04-25

 

Day 432

What a week. Went to Norway with 2 friends. Whale watching on the first day was incredible. Saw Killer whales and Humpbacks. I’ve always loved the sea since a kid and to see them so close in the wild was breathtaking. 

Next morning we went dog sledding which was both amazing fun and absolutely hilarious. My friend at one point fell off the back of the sled, leaving me with six hungry to run huskeys and no way of me stopping them!! Was terrifying, in the end I had to jump abandon ship and off into the snow! Fortunately the instructors managed to stop the dogs about half a mile after, no damage done other than to our egos.

We managed to catch a few glimpses of the Nothern lights but unfortunately due to all the snow and clouds around it wasn’t as clear as we had hoped but all in all a truly unforgettable trip. 

Wednesday evening, back in the UK I went to the O2 to see one of my old school favourites Jamarioquai. He put on a real good show and I loved it. I’ve had an incredible week that I have fully enjoyed to the maximum. 

Life is to be lived people, not gambled away and lost to this disease and the demons in creates. If your sitting there shattered after your last brutal binge, or you are looking at the mountain of debt you have created or you’ve lost loved ones please keep the faith and know that without that next bet life can truly be lived again and giving up will lead to so many better things.

Take care all.

Matt

 

Posted on:
Sun, 10/12/2017 - 10:34

Sharon41

Joined:
2017-03-16

So lovely to hear you've had the time of your life Matt! The last paragraph of your post, as you say,  is a reference point for anyone at whatever stage they're at. Take care S:)

Posted on:
Sun, 10/12/2017 - 20:46

chartom3

Joined:
2015-03-11

Matt 24 wrote:

Great last paragraph Matt, one i need to read when i am having a bad day, you are a great examble of what can be acieved and how life can get better .... all the best

Day 432

What a week. Went to Norway with 2 friends. Whale watching on the first day was incredible. Saw Killer whales and Humpbacks. I’ve always loved the sea since a kid and to see them so close in the wild was breathtaking. 

Next morning we went dog sledding which was both amazing fun and absolutely hilarious. My friend at one point fell off the back of the sled, leaving me with six hungry to run huskeys and no way of me stopping them!! Was terrifying, in the end I had to jump abandon ship and off into the snow! Fortunately the instructors managed to stop the dogs about half a mile after, no damage done other than to our egos.

We managed to catch a few glimpses of the Nothern lights but unfortunately due to all the snow and clouds around it wasn’t as clear as we had hoped but all in all a truly unforgettable trip. 

Wednesday evening, back in the UK I went to the O2 to see one of my old school favourites Jamarioquai. He put on a real good show and I loved it. I’ve had an incredible week that I have fully enjoyed to the maximum. 

Life is to be lived people, not gambled away and lost to this disease and the demons in creates. If your sitting there shattered after your last brutal binge, or you are looking at the mountain of debt you have created or you’ve lost loved ones please keep the faith and know that without that next bet life can truly be lived again and giving up will lead to so many better things.

Take care all.

Matt

 

Posted on:
Mon, 11/12/2017 - 11:03

Matt 24

Joined:
2012-04-25

DAY 434

Back at work after my little adventure. Good to get back into the routine. 

Thanks as ever for your comments, I do hope my journey this past year really can help inspire people to see some light at the end of the tunnel and to keep on that gamble free path.

Take care

Matt

Posted on:
Mon, 11/12/2017 - 22:18

Matt 24

Joined:
2012-04-25

 

Matt 24 wrote:

Day 70 begins, no urges at all to gamble or self destruct. Truly feel this is finally my time to leave this all behind me.

Long road ahead and under no illusion it will be hard but this all feels so different now. Am I back? Do I now truly have a shot at life in the proper context? 

I never plan to even buy a lottery ticket, a life free of risk but one of total fulfilment in a different way.

Stay strong everyone we can do this. 

So this time last year I wrote this. It appears I did have the foresight and I do feel I am really back as the person I always wanted to be and starting to live a life I will look back on that I will be proud of.

2 weeks until Christmas day, that day last year was the most painful of my entire life, emotionally distraught and haunted by my loss and feeling dreadfully alone.  Bought a Christmas tree today, can’t wait to decorate it and give my house that Christmas feel. Plan to listen to Xmas songs and wrap my presents and embrace everything that Xmas should be. I will never forget how sad I Was Christmas day 2016 but it will fuel me for the rest of time and hopefully have many many more happy Xmas’s.

Stay strong all

Matt

 

Posted on:
Fri, 15/12/2017 - 11:21

Matt 24

Joined:
2012-04-25

DAY 438

A good day. I have been paid a good Xmas bonus and for the first time since I can remember it isn't going to be gambled away and means Christmas is affordable and I have a little buffer of money for emergencies. I had a horrible start to the year but once I started to rebuild my life again I worked tirelessly and the rewards keep coming. It has been a long, painful, horrible slog to get to this point but I have made it and now the momentum really is on my side now.

Stay strong all.

Matt

Posted on:
Fri, 15/12/2017 - 12:11

Sharon41

Joined:
2017-03-16

Hi Matt 'to hell and back' doesn't begin to describe what you have been through, so enjoy every minute of the Festive season. You have slowly but surely rebuilt yourself showing that anything is possible, have a great weekend S:) 

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