Gary's support term has ended, thank you for your support!
Q. Do you have any past experiences that you think may have contributed to your current situation?
I came to Vancouver about 11 years ago from Ontario, with big hopes. I wanted to make a decent living and work was hard to find back home. Things were looking bright, and then some very bad decisions led me into a long-lasting battle with a serious alcohol and cigarette addiction. I've been clean for almost 16 years, but now my days of smoking are catching up with me. I was diagnosed with tongue cancer last week. The alcohol and smoking were the big ones in my life. I tried every month to get of it. I'd stay clean for a day and go right back the next. I've never felt so much frustration in my life. People have to understand how a person's life can get ruined because of one bad decision and I never thought it would happen to me.
Q. What impact do you think a cellphone could have on your life?
I'm in constant need of medical attention. I don't know if I have the strength to battle all my health issues. Just the other day, my doctor told me I should consider getting a phone so I can communicate better, but I hardly have enough as it is. Over the years I've also lost contact with my daughter, and I hope having a cell phone can help me start talking to her again as well. I want to talk to her before it's too late.