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OA Is For Me

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OA is for me—and it has been ever since a friend brought me to program in December 1981. People of all shapes and sizes told my story. I found a place where I belong. Despite sometimes feeling like I belong in a subset of OA, due to multiple allergies, afflictions, anxiety, and depression, I belong. I am here because I’m not all there!

In OA rooms, I’ve found compassion, humor, acceptance, courage, and love. Losing weight took time, but I lost about 28 kgs (13 pounds).

Now, I’m facing a redundancy termination from my full-time job. Transitions are always a challenge within any given day, but I have Lifeline leaning up on my meal table so it can be read most mornings. Lifeline keeps me aware of others and in touch with program, even when my disease says to isolate.

What I find in OA, I can’t find anywhere else. Defining what that is, isn’t easy, but OA makes living with this compulsive condition bearable. Keep coming back, no matter what.

— C.B.

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