In a world where spin is king, Carol Kivler is not only a breath of fresh air; she is messenger of common sense, integrity, experience and humility. It is no surprise that over 300 individuals gave her a standing ovation. Human beings seem to recognize and honor real truth when it is spoken. Carol’s honesty about what worked and what didn’t for her is an example of the type of dialogue that should be ongoing if we hope to make recovery a reality and expand our knowledge base to become more successful than we believe is currently possible. Carol was a shining example of what the hope of one person’s story, experience, and hard earned wisdom can bring to those who are willing to listen.