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MINDY SCHAUER, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Will Schmidt, 32, of Laguna Niguel, with the help of "taking care of myself, finding the right doctor," and his stand-up paddleboard, has come back from thinking about suicide. He frolics in Dana Point Harbor during a lunch break from his job as a registered dental technician.
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Stand-up paddleboarder finds salvation in water

Paddleboarder finds salvation in water

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Will Schmidt had a bottle of pills, and a bottle of whiskey to wash it down.

He called in sick to work that day, and his plan was to never go back, or to never wake up again for that matter.

But then the phone rang. On the other end of the line was his mother, who sensed the desperation in her son's voice.

"Why don't you go for a paddle," she told him. "Do something fun, go enjoy the ocean."

So he set ...

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