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Okay. So I’m Donovan early. I’m in north of Houston, Texas. Southeast Texas. Born and raised. Born in San Antonio, Texas. And raised in Houston. And had an interesting childhood, to say the least. Wasn’t it wasn’t a great childhood, but made it through and here and I’m a nurse. I’m an advanced practice nurse. I do anesthesia. A few miles away down in southwest Houston. And I’m married. My wife is an advanced practice nurse as well. She’s a cardiology nurse practitioner. And I have a 13 year old stepdaughter and I have two adult children, 30 and 25. That mean the world to me. And so I’m very blessed to have to have my my family. So if you growing up there was there was a lot of chaos, a lot of instability. There was more than instability. There was there was abuse. And I guess you would consider maybe neglect. There was not a stable, supportive, safe. I never felt I guess I never felt safe. I didn’t realize it at the time. But looking back now, it it it wasn’t really a safe childhood. So I kind of came out of that. Very driven, very single focus. Like I felt I and I was always uptight. I was always, always sort of angry and looking back and through some work that I’ve done over the years, it’s all I think it was all based on fear. But in it came out of that, that childhood, that traumatic childhood components and there were parts of it that were okay.

But there were lots of pieces throughout time that were really not not okay. And so some motor vehicle accidents, some injuries in addition to my what I look back on now is fear based anger. And, you know, self-centered sort of life ended up in rehab for opioid abuse. And that was in 2011th October 2011. And I was a pretty big, pretty big blow for me professionally because I do anesthesia. So I carry around these these medications every day. I give them to patients every day. And then I was I was taking them I mean, I was taking them for myself so, so devastating emotionally, spiritually. And so I the recovery road began in a treatment center and I didn’t I didn’t I had I didn’t see a path out. I didn’t see any way for me to to to make it there. Everything is based on 12 step. I was going through the process of 12 step, got a sponsor, did those things that we’re supposed to do. But I wasn’t feeling it at all. I was just going through the motions and I was not it was not working. And so I asked someone at the treatment center when I was outpatient about how to what what I could do, like what are my options. And he gave me two names and I called both of them. And the first one to call me back was Alejandro Trouble. And that was the beginning of my of my path.

 

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