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I joined the OA program in the fall of 2014. I knew I needed help. I was morbidly obese. I’d tried every diet I knew about— diets would work temporarily, but then the weight I’d lost would find me (along with a few more not-so-friendly pounds).

I finally turned to my Higher Power, whom I choose to call God. I had heard about Overeaters Anonymous a number of years before. I told God that if I was going to participate in Overeaters Anonymous, God would have to find a meeting I could attend nearby. God sent me one right next door to where I live! Pretty close—I got the message.

I found the meeting’s contact phone number and called it many times, but got nowhere. I finally called the place of the meeting. The secretary there took a message from me along with my phone number and stuck a note on the door of the meeting room. One of the regular members saw it and called me back. That was the beginning of a new life for me.

I’ll never forget that first meeting. Scared isn’t the right word to describe how I felt. Yet when I entered the room, the acceptance and warmth I felt overwhelmed me. I knew I was “home.”

I have been attending meetings ever since. I have much better self-esteem and self-confidence than I ever had before. I realize that the journey has just begun, but what a journey it is. Thank you, Overeaters Anonymous, for giving me a new life and a journey beyond my wildest dreams, one day at a time.

— Susan T.

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