I recently went to an OA marathon that focused on diversity within the program. I have multiple chemical sensitivities and sometimes meetings can trigger problems for me. I’m allergic to many commonly used chemicals, including perfumes, odorous hand creams, hand cleaners, hairsprays, and more. Since I started speaking out about these sensitivities, many people in program have thanked me for bringing it “out of the closet.” From these conversations, I’ve learned that many people are affected by these chemical substances—not as small a population as I’d assumed. It’s wonderful to know I am not alone. This group includes people recovering

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