This week I shared my past drug problems that lead to the beginning of Addicted Magazine, and while that story is going to take some time to tell, it led me to thinking about the love of a best friend for this week’sAddicted to Love.
Anyone who knows we, knows Nadia Elkharadly Addicted co-owner and my best friend, and I don’t use that term lightly.
While I take the time over the coming year to tell my story of how I fought back against my Addictions to reclaim my life, outside of my parents there was one person that stood by me, held my hand, and literally brought me into her home and helped to bring me back to life.
Nadia is that person.
There are so many times when I wonder why she stayed, why she stood by me, what she knew that kept her by my side.
There were so many times over the years that I would bail on plans, not show up to parties, with no word, no thought, and because I had become so lost, I really thought nothing of it.
But when I came to her and told her that I was going to go back to my parents, she told me that if I ever needed anything, all I had to do was ask. I will never forget that moment as long as I live. The love that came from her in that moment and in the years following would be nothing short of my miracle.
After I had taken some time away, knowing that I wanted to come back to Toronto, but didn’t want to do it alone, Nadia told me to come live with her for as long as I needed to until I got myself back together.
Through that time we grew even closer, learned so much more about each other then ever before, and she in so many ways helped me leave my dark place behind and join the world of the living again.
A best friend doesn’t even decribe what we have. We joke often that I am her gusby (aka Gay Husband) and fondly refer to our relationships that, but it’s really so true, our friendship has endured for better or worse, in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer.
I want to take this week and say Thank you to her. For standing by me, for seeing me through the greatest fight of my life, and for always being by my side.