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Real Feeling

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Before OA, I was falsely cheerful. I always appeared put-together and acted like everything was great. I never let anyone see me feeling sad, angry, or low energy. At my very first meeting someone shared about a hard time she was having—she even cried. I was repulsed, but others were nodding, and after the meeting she got hugs and support from people all around her. I got jealous. Now, I can share all my feelings. Although my first response still tends to be false cheer, I can catch myself, share honestly, and show my feelings. What a difference that is. My

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