Guest Speaker: Bruce Elliott

Bruce gave a very personal account of his battle to overcome an addiction to painkillers as a result of a painful knee some years ago and is to be commended for his willingness to talk so openly of his battle to be rid of his body’s dependence on drugs.

Bruce started by stating that he has been married for 37 years, has 3 kids and 5.8 grandchildren.
Bruce said he had back issues from years of playing sport but his real problems started when he had a sore knee 4 years ago. After seeing a doctor, he was put on Endone and other drugs and when pain didn't go away, the dosage was increased, His knee wasn't considered to be bad enough to warrant surgery.. He was referred to two surgeons who both said wait. In January 2019, Bruce finally had his knee surgery but realised he was in trouble when 6 weeks after surgery, he was having trouble coming off the drugs. He tried, but what followed (in Bruce’s words) "were the worst three months of my life". Lethargy, mood swings, anxiety attacks, pain and stress and still dependant on drugs. Finally, Bruce was referred to a specialist and he went to Bali for three weeks of treatment with total strangers. It worked. The program involved getting the body right in the first week; building self esteem in the second week and in the third week, being provided with the tools to cope when back in one’s own environment.. Bruce said that the three weeks were very challenging but he took everything on board and did everything he was presented with in an effort to be drug free.

He announced that since the 31st March 2019, he has remained drug free—an outstanding achievement and a testament to Bruce’s will power and the support of his family and friends.

Well done Bruce and thanks for sharing such a personal story. Bruce said he still has trouble sleeping, but is so grateful for the support given to him by his family, friends and work mates. He said that addiction is a disease and to go through it with out the support of a network would be almost impossible.
Congratulations Bruce on your success in overcoming your addiction and for being so open! Bruce said more need to talk openly about it and he is happy to start the conversation. After some very interesting questions and reveals, Bruce was thanked by Rotarian Paul Kellett.
Three Minuter: Exchange student Louis Thevenet.
I am French and from Saumur, a small city of 30,000 people. I have an older sister and a younger brother and sister. I did three years of boarding school, which confirmed to me that I could leave my family for one year and for the time being I am doing rather well.
I had the chance to go see four matches of the best football team that is well known—Richmond—where I discovered the meat pie! I also worked with Renzo on Wednesdays as part of work experience.
I have had the opportunity to visit Melbourne by day and by night, and to go swimming on the beautiful Australian beaches. I have also had the opportunity to visit the forests and waterfalls which are very different to those in France... I have also been on a bike a lot discovering the Australian landscape.
I quickly realised that Australian School is very different from French school: the teachers are much nicer, the classes are not stressful at all because in France we start at 8am and finish at 5 or 6pm with strict classes and then homework for 1 –2 hours every evening.
I would like to say thank you to Rotary for this opportunity to stay in Australia.
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