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These are real stories from people who have overcome or are dealing with the impact of problem gambling.  We hope you find comfort and strength in each other's stories.

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    Robyn

    Winning is the beginning of my every day gamble; Lost so much money my life's in a shamble

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    Zaz

    My life is almost perfect. I have two wonderful children, I have a great job running my own successful business. I have a lot of friends, a beautiful house, I drive a luxury car.

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    Agnes

    I joined the challenge after 20 years of gambling and realising I have an addiction to poker machines. I could go to the races or have a bet at the TAB - and would just bet a few dollars, However ...

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    Paul

    Wasting your life is what gambling is. I gamble on sports betting and horse racing. I thought I knew sport. I thought I knew AFL. I thought I studied the form and put the work in to pick winners.

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    Liz

    Just new to this but would love to get some inspiration to stop gambling. I am in a really bad place financially and need to stop.

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    Jack

    I know how everyone is feeling I'm only 24 and been gambling almost daily for around 6 years.

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    Sandie

    Hi I'm new here and would like to share my story. I've had a gambling addiction for 14 years and my last visit to the venue has just made me realize just how sick and tired I am of this.

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    Linda

    Wow. Your stories are so sad but they are mine. I am the zombie who sits in front of a machine for hours on end

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    Shayne

    My name is Shayne and I am writing this letter to express my gratitude in your service and the brave efforts of the people who are the face of your campaigns and share with you my journey of leavi ...

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    Jack

    I am 29 and been gambling even since I was 18. Before you know, it's over 11 years now.

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